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More alcohol-related arrests and fatalities this Labor Day weekend

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - There was an increase in drunken driving arrests and alcohol-related fatalities this Labor Day weekend compared to last year, the California Highway Patrol reported Sunday.

Statewide, 1,008 drunken driving arrests were made in the first 36 hours of the Labor Day holiday this year, compared to 990 last year. Additionally, there were 10 fatalities this year as compared to six fatalities last year, CHP Media Information Officer Larry Landeros said.

While both San Diego and Orange County have not had a drunken driving fatality in either 2010 or 2011, both counties experienced an increase in drunken driving arrests. San Diego had 58 arrests this year and 49 last year.

Orange County had an even sharper increase, with 58 arrests this year and 40 last year, Landeros said.

The drunken driving tally counts only arrests by CHP officers, Landeros said. The fatality statistics are for all law enforcement agencies, and sometimes are not reflective of all deaths because it takes a few hours for fatality reports to be forwarded by local police agencies to the CHP.

At drunken driving checkpoints around San Diego, three arrests were made and 11 citations given at the drunken driving checkpoint in Imperial Beach, Imperial Beach Traffic Sergeant Ted Greenawald said.

In La Mesa, police arrested two individuals on suspicion of drunken driving and gave two citations, La Mesa Police Sergeant Peter Andersson said.

These checkpoints serve as a reminder that drunken driving and driving without a license will not be tolerated, Andersson said.

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