UPDATED: CHP Reports Four Traffic Deaths, 274 DUI Arrests Over Holiday Weekend

Overall DUI arrests increased from 2010 over the New Year's Eve weekend.

* Editor's Note: Updated at 6 p.m. with final stats.

California Highway Patrol officers logged four traffic deaths and 274 drunken driving arrests in Los Angeles County during the a "maximum deployment" effort over the New Year's holiday weekend.

Four fatalities occurred on Los Angeles County roads between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday, according to the state police agency, which patrols area freeways and some surface roads. Its figures do not include deaths or drunken driving arrests handled by municipal police departments or county sheriff's departments.

In Los Angeles County, the CHP arrested 274 motorists for suspicion of drunken driving over this period, up from 228 during the same time frame last year.

Statewide, the CHP logged 25 people died in traffic collisions, one more than was killed the previous year. Drunken driving arrests statewide totaled 1,270 drivers, compared to 961 arrests a year earlier.


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