More drunken drivers were arrested by California Highway Patrol officers this New Year’s in the Bay Area than in 2009.

Officers arrested 226 drivers in the Bay Area for being under the influence between Thursday at 6 p.m. through today at 6 a.m. The number is up from the 2009 total of 173 during the same reporting period.

The CHP has reported one fatality in the Bay Area during their Maximum Enforcement Period. The holiday enforcement period ends today at midnight.

DUI arrests also have increased across California compared to last year. CHP officers have arrested 1,252 drunken drivers, up from 986 at this time in 2009.

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  • bloomsm

    Amazing that in 2010, with all of the public transit options open to people, there are still a dedicated few who will get busted for DUI.