The San Diego Police Department arrested 7,484 people in 1988 for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both, police said Thursday. The arrests constitute just a 0.7% decrease from 1987, when 7,538 such arrests were made.
Other year-end statistics released by police show that 114 people died in car accidents last year, down slightly from 118 the year before. About 30% of fatalities in 1988 involved alcohol, police spokesman Bill Robinson said.
“Overall, we’re not overly pleased, but realizing there are more cars on the freeway, more people, (better) economic conditions, more gasoline and more people driving, we feel fairly pleased that we did not have a substantial increase during the past year,” Robinson said.