Fewer holiday deaths reported for 2008

The California Highway Patrol said 16 people have died in traffic accidents since Christmas Eve. That's two fewer California highway deaths than during the same period last year.

The figures are from 6 p.m. Christmas Eve through 10 a.m. Saturday. Of the 13 people killed in the CHP's jurisdiction, eight were not wearing seat belts. The remaining deaths were investigated by city police departments.

There were far fewer drunken-driving arrests this holiday. The CHP said 824 drivers were arrested on suspicion of DUI, down from 1,303 arrests during the same period last year. The CHP said none of the traffic deaths in its jurisdiction occurred in Stanislaus and Merced counties. Information for San Joaquin County was not available.