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Newsfront - July 10, 2009

Traffic deaths down over Fourth of July weekend

Whether it was the economy keeping people from traveling or the strong presence of law enforcement, traffic related fatalities in California were down from last year by nearly 50 percent.

California Highway Patrol Officer Hugo Mendoza said that over the weekend starting Friday and ending at midnight Sunday, there were 1,239 motorists arrested for driving under the influence.

The Bay Area saw only one traffic death over that period, although statewide the number was 24, down significantly from the 41 reported in 2008. Mendoza added that of the 24 deaths this year, half of those killed could have survived if they had been wearing seatbelts.


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