CHP: More than a dozen arrested for DUI over Thanksgiving holiday

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – More than a dozen motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in the Riverside metropolitan area during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the California Highway Patrol reported today.

The 14 drivers were taken into custody between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday during the CHP’s statewide “maximum enforcement period,” when all available officers are deployed to catch DUI suspects, speeders and other traffic violators. That’s a 30% drop compared to the 20 arrests made in the year-ago period in Riverside and neighboring communities where the CHP has jurisdiction.

But unlike last Thanksgiving holiday weekend, when no one died in wrecks, there were two crashes in the metro area that resulted in two fatalities, according to the CHP.

The agency’s next maximum enforcement campaign will be held the week of Christmas.