According to a report appearing on The San Diego Reader website, officials say that there were no DUI deaths in San Diego County over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
The California Highway Patrol, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, and other law enforcement agencies report that although there were 44 DUI arrests, there were no DUI-related fatalities.
Officials say that Thanksgiving 2022’s enforcement period was from 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, through midnight, Sunday, November 27. Of the four days, Saturday, November 26, was the busiest, with 19 people arrested on the charge of DUI.
“Tragically, 41 people were killed in crashes on the state’s roadways during the California Highway Patrol’s 102-hour Thanksgiving Maximum Enforcement Period,” the CHP said in a Tweet.
The CHP said that the number of fatal crashes in the state reflects a 28 percent decrease from the 2021 Thanksgiving holiday period, in which 57 people died.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Department (SDSD) reports that prior to the 2022 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the agency had arrested more than 750 people for driving while impaired. Because of this higher figure of impaired driving county-wide, the SDSD increased the number of impaired driving enforcement patrols for the holiday.
The CHP and other law enforcement agencies throughout California have announced they will also be increasing patrols for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.