Traffic deaths were down while arrests for drunken driving increased in Los Angeles County this Memorial Day weekend compared to the same period last year, and those trends were reflected statewide, California Highway Patrol officials said today.
There were two people killed on roads in L.A. County, and 302 drunken driving arrests by the CHP in the county during the 78-hour period from 6:01 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday, said CHP Officer Miguel Luevano. The arrest total does not include arrests made by dozens of city police agencies or the
During the same period last year, 11 people were killed in traffic accidents in the county, and there were 248 drunken driving arrests by the CHP in the county, Luevano said.
Statewide, there were 17 people killed in traffic accidents, and 1,541 drunken driving arrests by the CHP this year, compared to 45 traffic deaths and 1,465 arrests by the CHP in this period in 2009.
When it released its preliminary figures on Monday, the CHP mistakenly reversed the statistics for the years 2010 and 2009, and erroneously reported that traffic deaths had increased and drunken driving arrests had decreased this year compared with last year, both locally and statewide, Luevano said.