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Bay Area DUIs Number 208 For Long Weekend

The CHP reports the same number of DUIs as last year's New Year's holiday season. Fatal accidents were down. There were 16 DUIs in Concord, but none on New Year's Eve.

A weekend of parties as the Bay Area rung in the New Year led to 208 DUI arrests, according to the California Highway Patrol. The number was the same as last year's New Year holiday stretch.

In Concord, police made 16 arrests for DUIs between Friday, Dec. 28 and Jan. 1, but none on New Year's Eve.

Fatal collisions were down in the Bay and there were no collisions on New Year's Eve in Concord.

From 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, the CHP reported one fatal collision in the Bay Area and 208 DUI arrests. Last year, the CHP saw three fatal crashes and 208 DUI arrests during the same period, according to CHP officials. Statewide, 1,273 drivers were arrested on suspicion of DUI over the past four days, compared to 1,270 arrests statewide during the same enforcement period last year.

Out of the 16 people killed in crashes on CHP-patrolled roadways over the holiday weekend, four were not wearing seatbelts, officials said. The CHP is reminding motorists to use a designated driver rather than driving under the influence and to buckle up.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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