Arrests of suspected drunk drivers in Ventura County increased this Labor Day weekend, while the number of drinking-related accidents declined, the California Highway Patrol reported Tuesday.
However, the weekend was marred by two fatal accidents.
Highway Patrol officers arrested 45 drunk-driving suspects on county highways this year during the 78-hour maximum enforcement period from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday, CHP Officer Staci Morse said. During the same period last year, there were 39 such arrests.
Although arrests were up, the number of alcohol-related traffic accidents dropped this year to five, down from the eight that occurred last year.
The total number of traffic accidents reported in the county on state highways was 34 over the weekend, two more accidents than during last year's Labor Day weekend, Morse said.