Nearly 850 DUI arrests made during California’s Labor Day weekend

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A California Highway Patrol vehicle is parked outside the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. California Attorney General Rob Bonta says 54 current and former Highway Patrol Officers have been charge with racking up more than $226,000 in phony hours in an overtime fraud scheme. The charges, announced Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, set from a criminal investigation of offices in the East Lost Angeles station. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

The California Highway Patrol has made at least 848 driving under the influence arrests during the Labor Day weekend. 

According to CHP, the arrests were made during the first 50 hours of the maximum enforcement period, ending at 11:59 p.m. Monday. 

“If choosing to travel, please be mindful of the larger-than-normal holiday traffic and be patient, drive at a safe and legal speed, put away all distractions, make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up and never drive impaired,” the CHP wrote in a Facebook post.

At least 18 people have died on California roads this holiday weekend along. CHP says it is unclear if these deaths are connected to the DUI crashes. 

During last year’s maximum enforcement period, CHP made over 900 DUI arrests, with 31 people dead.