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CHP: Fewer fatalities, DUI drivers on road

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Posted at 3:18 PM, May 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-28 18:18:37-04

No traffic fatalities have been reported in San Diego County so far this Memorial Day weekend, traditionally the busiest travel weekend of the year, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP reported that seven traffic deaths were reported statewide in the first 12 hours of the weekend reporting period, from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday. That's one more than last year for the same period statewide.

Drunk driving arrests by the CHP were down significantly in San Diego County compared with last year, as well as statewide, according to Public Information Officer Mary Bailey.

There were 16 drunk driving arrests in the county by the CHP in the first 12 hours of the weekend this year, compared with 27 during the same time last year. The statewide figures for this year were 281 arrests compared with 320 for the same period last year.

Of the seven fatalities statewide, four of the victims were not wearing a seatbelt, according to the CHP.