California Highway Patrol Officers recorded four traffic fatalities and 116 DUI arrests in Los Angeles County last year during the first 36 hours of the long Thanksgiving weekend. Hence, CHP officers might have been expecting a high number of DUI arrests during this year's Thanksgiving as well.
L.A Weekly, however, reported that this year CHP officers saw a significant decline in DUI arrests over the Thanksgiving holiday. The CHP officers in L.A. County reportedly saw only 98 DUI arrests and two traffic deaths on highways and streets under their jurisdiction during the same time period of Thanksgiving weekend 2010. Statewide, CHP reported 520 DUI arrests and seven traffic deaths during the first day and a half of Thanksgiving weekend. These numbers reflect five less traffic deaths this year and 22 less DUI arrests.