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4th of July CHP DUI arrest stats slightly up from 2013

Statewide there were 15 total roadway fatalities and the CHP made 747 drunk driving arrests, an increase from 2013 when nine people were killed and the CHP arrested 564 drunk drivers, the agency said.

Yesterday I posted a blog in which I quoted CHP statistics claiming that in 2013 there were 1,500 DUI arrests for the 4th of July weekend.  Last year, 2013 the holiday landed on a Thursday while this year it was a Friday.  It is difficult to square these statistics without more information. It would be nice to know if they counted both Thus. and Friday in calculations for both years.

A San Diego news paper posted the following today: The California Highway Patrol made 100 DUI-related arrests across San Diego County over the 4th of July holiday weekend, officials said.According to the CHP, this holiday weekend 100 drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in San Diego between 6:01 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Sunday.That's 63 more DUI arrests than last year's count, which totaled 37, although the 4th of July holiday period for 2013 is longer than in 2012, the CHP said.Statewide, CHP officials arrested 1,431 suspected DUI drivers. In 2012, CHP officials made 479 DUI arrests across California over the 4th of July holiday.There was one DUI-related fatality in CHP jurisdictions in San Diego County this year and 29 statewide.Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/CHP-DUI-Arrest-Stats-4th-of-July-2013-Holiday-214432121.html#ixzz36jI7dFed Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook

Again these stats are not confirmed and the people were arrested not convicted and therefore remain innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  That being said if the a fine of $2500 (avg. dui fine) was levied against each of the 1,500 that would equal $3,750,000 in fines just for the weekend in CA.

John Campanella

I have been representing people accused of drunk driving since I began practicing in 1995. I went to my first Sacramento DUI conference that year and listened to great DUI attorneys like Ed Kuwatch AKA, “Fast Eddie” and Lawrence Taylor who motivated me to study and practice in this area of law.

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