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Memorial Day weekend sees fewer DUI arrests than last year

COAST CITIES — Fewer suspected drunken driver arrests were made countywide during the Memorial Day holiday weekend than were made last year during the extended weekend, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

There were 58 suspected intoxicated drivers arrested between 6:01 a.m. May 25 and 6 a.m. May 28.

Last year during the three-day period there were 75 arrests made to suspected drunken drivers.

There were no fatalities in the county for this year or for 2011, according to reports.

Statewide, fewer deaths were also reported for this year, of which officials recorded 11 people were killed compared to 13 lives lost during the 2011 holiday traffic report.

The CHP reports that statewide DUI arrests are also fewer this year, compared to last year when 1,223 arrests were made.

This year the numbers totaled 1,161.

A five-hour DUI checkpoint was conducted by deputies from the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station on May 25 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., at 100 West Mission Road that resulted in one arrest for a suspected drunken driver, according to Stephanie Guerra, of the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station.

She reported 556 cars traveled through the DUI checkpoint, and 419 of those drivers were checked with 29 of them requiring a second evaluation.

A handful of drivers required a DUI evaluation, but 27 citations were issued for violations such as driving without a license, allowing an unlicensed driver to drive or driving on a suspended license.