No holiday weekend traffic deaths in L.A.; 6 die in California
For a second consecutive year, there were no fatal car accidents on Los Angeles freeways over the holiday weekend, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Statewide, six people were killed in traffic accidents on California’s vast network of freeways and in the unincorporated areas patrolled by CHP, said Officer Jennifer Connolly. That marked a significant increase over last year, when the agency investigated only one death in all of California.
The number of people arrested on suspicion of drunk driving jumped. In Los Angeles County, the CHP made 182 such arrests this year, compared to 102 in 2010, according to CHP figures. In all of California, 889 alleged drunk drivers were taken into custody –- a 25% increase from last year.
The tallies run from Friday evening through Monday morning. The Los Angeles Police Department, the county Sheriff’s Department and other local agencies have not yet released figures for areas they patrol.
-- Joel Rubin (twitter.com/joelrubin)
Photo: Fall traffic on the Hollywood Freeway. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times