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CHP issues two arrests for DUI

STAFF WRITER

BARSTOW • The Barstow area California Highway Patrol reported Thursday that officers made two DUI arrests on New Year’s Eve and the first day of the new year.

According to Barstow area CHP spokesman Don Spiker, there was just one DUI-related traffic collision and two other crashes during the agency’s maximum enforcement period.

But Spiker said the most important statistic was zero fatalities in the Barstow area CHP’s jurisdiction.

“In the Barstow area, we consider every holiday weekend a success when have we zero fatalities,” Spiker said. “To go along with the zero fatalities this year, we only had two property-damage-only collisions and one DUI-related traffic collision. We would like to thank the people of Barstow and the outlying areas for driving safe. I encourage everyone to continue and do the right thing.”

Spiker said this year’s MEP was “much shorter than last year” because the holiday fell during the week, resulting in a period encompassing two days, compared to five last year. The CHP held its maximum enforcement period — during which all available resources are devoted to traffic safety — starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday and ending at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Spiker said the number of citations issued during the MEP were not available Thursday.

Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-0256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.


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