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3 days in to holiday weekend, CHP reports no local fatalities

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SAN DIEGO – No traffic fatalities have been reported in San Diego County as of noon Sunday, three days in to the Memorial Day weekend, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP reported that 18 traffic deaths were reported statewide in the first 36 hours of the weekend reporting period, from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday. That’s double last year’s total for the same period statewide.

Drunk driving arrests by the CHP were down significantly in San Diego County compared with last year, as well as statewide, according to the CHP.

There were 35 drunk driving arrests in the county by the CHP in the first 36 hours of the weekend this year, compared with 52 during the same time last year. The statewide figures for this year were 698 arrests compared with 746 for the same period last year.

Of the 18 fatalities statewide, 10 of the victims were not wearing a seat belt, according to the CHP.

The CHP’s arrest totals do not include arrests made by local police departments.