Law enforcement officials keep travelers safe over holiday weekend

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Skies were a little gray, the beaches a bit slow, but overall the Memorial Day Weekend remained safe for San Diegans.

Officers for the California Highway Patrol were on high alert for the holiday weekend, making sure impaired drivers stayed off the roads.

According to the San Diego Police Department, DUI checkpoints are a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug-related crashes.

Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.


Statewide 2016 2017
DUI Arrests 942 818
Fatalities 27 23

San Diego County

San Diego County 2016 2017
DUI Arrests 51 53
Fatalities 0 0

Orange County

Orange County 2016 2017
DUI Arrests 44 48
Fatalities 0 0

Statewide, 19 vehicle occupants were killed in CHP jurisdiction, 11 without safety belts.

  • 1 Motorcyclists killed in CHP jurisdiction, 0 without helmets.
  • 2 Pedestrian killed in CHP jurisdiction.
  • 0 Bicyclists killed in CHP jurisdiction.

The CHP investigates all crashes on freeways, and on all roads in unincorporated areas.

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