California authorities on Wednesday mentioned that 50 individuals died in automobile crashes involving drivers below the affect of medication or alcohol throughout the prolonged New Yr’s weekend within the state– a disturbing improve from 40 deaths reported the identical time final yr.
California Freeway Patrol officers arrested 1,140 statewide for driving below the affect, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Final yr, 936 individuals have been arrested for impaired driving over a 78-hour interval throughout New Yr’s, the report mentioned, citing the CHP.
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However this yr’s improve in arrests could possibly be linked to a lengthened most enforcement interval, when all accessible officers are on responsibility, since New Yr’s Day was on a Tuesday, officers mentioned, in response to the paper.
“It’s not akin to final yr’s, as a result of this one was one full day longer,” mentioned Jaime Espresso, a CHP spokeswoman.
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