The number of people killed due to drug and alcohol-impaired driving in San Diego County continues to decline – with three fewer people killed in crashes this year compared to last year, according to data from the district attorney’s office.
A maximum enforcement period on California roads over the New Year’s holiday weekend is intended to ensure the downward trend continues.
Beginning Friday around 6 p.m. and continuing until shortly before midnight Monday, the California Highway Patrol will deploy all available officers to arrest drunk or drug-impaired drivers, speeders and other traffic law violators. road.
“Our staff works during the holidays to ensure people arrive safely at their destinations,” CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee said in a news release this week. “The goal is to maintain a safe environment on California’s roadways, which is achievable when all motorists make responsible decisions while driving.”
Also starting at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, the Metropolitan Transit System and North County Transit District will offer free rides on all of their bus and trolley routes, as well as additional overnight service.
For designated drivers, MTS offers free parking in marked spaces in its streetcar and rapid station parking lots. Drivers must not overstay parking by more than 24 hours, and those who stay beyond that time will be subject to a fine, the MTS said.
Despite a Christmas-like enforcement period this year, more than 20 people were killed on roads under CHP jurisdiction between Dec. 22 and Dec. 25, officials said. Another 900 arrests were made by CHP officers statewide, an average of every five minutes.
Last New Year’s Day, CHP officers made 560 drunken driving arrests across the state, officials said.
As of Friday, 30 people have been killed in drunk driving crashes in San Diego County this year, compared to 33 killed in 2022, the district attorney’s office said. In 2021, a record 39 people were killed in accidents.
“As 2023 ends, avoid becoming a statistic,” CHP officials said. “Have a plan and designate a sober driver or use ride-sharing services, avoid distractions while driving, and always wear your seat belt. »
City News Service contributed to this report.
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