According to a release appearing on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, the federal agency, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and law enforcement agencies across California have stepped up DUI enforcement efforts on our streets and highways in order to make them safer.
While nearly everyone welcomes the break of having a three-day weekend to work on projects at home, or get together with friends, according to a recent story appearing on the KHTS A.M. Radio website, the three-day weekend resulted in 27 arrests in the area.
According to a statement from the California Highway Patrol’s Santa Clarita Outpost, officers arrested a total of 27 people over President’s Day weekend. The majority of those arrests were motorists who were driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Officials say that there were five more arrests this past weekend than there were over for the weekend of the Superbowl.
According to the arrest records filed by the CHP and area law enforcement, nearly one-third of those placed under arrest were on felony charges. According to the CHP, two of the DUI arrests over the weekend were elevated from misdemeanor charges to felonies.
Nine of those arrested were residents of Santa Clarita, while two additional arrests were listed as transients.