Though local California Highway Patrol officers arrested five motorists for driving under the influence and issued more than 100 traffic citations, there were no traffic collisions during the holiday weekend, according to Officer Brandy Gonzalez.
Crescent City CHP officers took part in a statewide maximum enforcement period starting at 6:01 p.m. Friday and lasting through Tuesday. During the effort, the CHP focused on impaired drivers, distracted driving, speeding, seatbelt violations and motorists who needed assistance, according to a CHP press release.
Locally, in addition to making five DUI arrests during the holiday, CHP officers issued between 100 and 140 traffic citations, Gonzalez said Wednesday.
Statewide, at least 50 people were killed in traffic collisions between Friday and Tuesday, according to CHP Information Officer Janelle Dunham. Of those 50, four pedestrians and 32 vehicle occupants were killed within CHP jurisdiction, according to Dunham. Nearly half of those 32 vehicle occupants were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
CHP officers also arrested more than 1,140 people statewide throughout the holiday weekend for driving under the influence, according Dunham.
During the New Years holiday in 2017 and 2018, 40 people died in collisions on California roadways, according to the press release. More than two-thirds of those killed within CHP jurisdiction were not wearing their seatbelts, according to the release.
CHP officers also arrested 936 motorists statewide for driving under the influence during last year’s maximum enforcement period, according to the release.
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