The California Highway Patrol has arrested 47 suspected drunken drivers in the Bay Area during its first holiday enforcement period from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday, up from last year’s 45 arrests during the same period.

Statewide, the CHP has arrested 271 alleged drunken drivers during its first 12 hours of holiday enforcement, also an increase from last year’s 237 suspected DUI arrests, according to CHP Sgt. Trent Cross.

There have been no fatal crashes involving alcohol in the Bay Area within the first 12 hours of the maximum enforcement period, and there were no fatal crashes during the same time in the Bay Area last year, Cross said.

The CHP holiday enforcement period lasts from 6 p.m. Wednesday through midnight Sunday.

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