California Highway Patrol officers based in Jamestown who worked Wednesday through Sunday last week for the five-day Thanksgiving period responded to and investigated 12 crashes, including five crashes that involved minor injuries.
Sonora-area CHP personnel also reported seven DUI arrests and 127 citations between 6 p.m. Nov. 21 and 11:59 p.m. Nov. 25, Faustino Pulido, a public information officer with CHP Sonora, said Tuesday.
In the CHP San Andreas area, California Highway Patrol officers investigated 20 crashes, made two DUI arrests and wrote 13 citations. Officer John Fernandez, an evidence and training coordinator with CHP San Andreas, said his unit also provided teams of officers to help with emergency operations in the Camp Fire burn in Butte County during the five-day Thanksgiving period. The deadliest, most destructive blaze in state history was declared 100 percent contained Sunday.
The holiday break, one of the busiest travel times of the year, coincided with the Mother Lode’s first storms in seven weeks.
Statewide for the Thanksgiving break the California Highway Patrol reported 46 fatalities, including one motorcyclist and three pedestrians, in 41 traffic collisions in areas patrolled by CHP. Eighteen of the people who died in vehicles were not wearing seat belts. Additionally, the California Highway Patrol reported 13 people killed in incorporated cities not patrolled by CHP.
Also statewide, CHP personnel made 931 arrests for DUI over the Thanksgiving break.
Fatalities and drunken or drugged driving arrests were both down statewide for Thanksgiving this year compared with last year.
For the 2017 Thanksgiving enforcement period, 50 people were killed in 41 traffic collisions in CHP jurisdiction and 26 other people were killed in traffic collisions in incorporated cities. Also last year for Thanksgiving, there were 1,057 DUI arrests reported statewide by CHP personnel.
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