DUI arrests down over New Year’s Holiday

EL CENTRO, Calif. – Drunk driving arrests were down over this past new year’s holiday, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) El Centro office.

CHP reported only four DUI arrests, which is way down from last year’s eleven arrests, according to their records.

Officers say this could be because of their new holiday strategy.

From December 30th through January 3rd, CHP puts a maximum amount of officers out on the street in order to deter the public from drinking and driving.

“What we do is in-view patrol. That’s a high deterrent for drinking and driving. We also contribute to the public awareness as well as public education, taking extra precautions,” said Officer Fernando Alvarez.

CHP strongly advises the public to have a designated driver or use public transportation, if they plan on drinking during a celebration.

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