The California Highway Patrol Maximum Enforcement Period during the Independence Day holiday was conducted between July 3 at 6 p.m. and July 7 at 11:59 p.m. — more than three times longer than last year — resulted in an increase of DUI arrests and citations in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.

CHP - Sonora area Public Information Officer Steve Machado, said there were 13 DUI arrests during the period.

Typically the department averaged 10 DUI arrests during the July 4 MEP, he said.
Last year, the CHP - Sonora area made three DUI arrests during a 30-hour MEP, which lasted from July 3 at 6 p.m. to July 4 at 11:59 p.m. Last year the July 4 holiday fell on a Wednesday.

The CHP - San Andreas area had one DUI arrest during the MEP, and one DUI crash that occurred just before it started, said Officer Eric Parsons. Last year, the CHP - San Andreas area made three DUI arrests.

Neither agency reported any fatal or major injury collisions during the holiday this year. Last year, a fatal collision occurred in the CHP - San Andreas area.

The CHP - Sonora area investigated 11 traffic incidents which were all minor injury or no injury, Machado said, and none were believed to be the result of driving under the influence. The CHP- Andreas area investigated four minor injury crashes, Parson said.

CHP - Sonora area issued 97 citations for unsafe speed, illegal window tinting, seatbelt violations and texting while driving, an increase from 44 citations last year.

CHP - San Andreas area issued 19 citations for speeding, passing on the shoulder, equipment violations and window tinting. Citation numbers were not provided last year.

Statewide, DUI arrests increased from 389 to 1,317, Machado said.

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