In a previous blog post, we addressed the national Labor Day Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. campaign and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) drunk driving survey. With groundbreaking data from the survey reflecting that 8% of all drivers have operated a motor vehicle while drunk at least one time during the past year, law enforcement was on high alert over the weekend to help keep motorists, passengers, and pedestrians safe.
No traffic fatalities were reported in San Diego County for the first 60 hours of the Labor Day weekend, according to the California Highway Patrol. A recent news story states that the reporting period started at 6:01 p.m. Friday and ended at 6 a.m. on Monday. During this timeframe, the CHP made 72 arrests throughout San Diego on surface streets and highways for motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, this number does not take into account any drunk driving arrests made by city police officers. One reported traffic fatality was reported in 2009 and 82 drivers were arrested for DUI.