There were no traffic related deaths during the Christmas holiday last year, but that’s not the case this holiday season. California Highway Patrol Officer Ming Hsu says there have been three since last Friday evening.
“Two of them were DUI related," said Hsu. "And the other one is still under investigation. We’re actually not sure yet what caused that one.”
Traffic deaths are also up across the state this year. This year, there were 26 traffic-related deaths statewide, compared with 14 last year.
The CHP says it’s also arrested more people suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. In Los Angeles County, the CHP reported 257 motorists arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, an increase from last year's total of 201.
Statewide, there have been more than 1,060 arrests this year, compared to 980 last year.