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DUI arrests, fatalities down in San Diego; more fatalities statewide

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8/CNS) -- The California Highway Patrol reported the numbers of fatalities and drunken driving arrests in San Diego County were down for the first 84 hours of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Only one person has died on local roadways, a female pedestrian discovered Thursday morning on Highway 163 in Mission Valley, compared to two in the same period last year, according to CHP Officer Jesse Udovich.

There were 94 local drunken driving arrests from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Sunday, a drop from 108 in 2008, Udovich said.

The fatality reduction wasn't matched statewide, where 30 people died in the first 84, compared to 24 last year, the officer said.

He said there were 1,314 arrests for drunken driving by CHP officers statewide, compared to 1,397 in 2008. Those figures do not include arrests by city or county law officers.

Law enforcement agencies often run drunken driver checkpoints and patrols during holiday weekends. Five people were arrested for drunken driving during a patrol in Chula Vista Saturday night, CVPD Officer Alicia Chudy said.

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