One fatality reported over busy holiday weekend

One person died on San Diego County roadways during the first 60 hours of the Labor Day holiday weekend, and drunken driving arrests were down too, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Two people died on local roads during the same time period last year, according to CHP Officer Jesse Udovich.

A motorcyclist, 37-year-old Mitchell Paul Pinder of Spring Valley, died Sunday morning when he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a metal guard rail while heading east on State Route 94 west of Barrett Lake Road in Dulzura, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office reported.

There were 82 drunken driving arrests between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday, compared to 110 in 2008. Statewide, 10 people died in crashes during the time period, down from 18 last year, Udovich said.

The officer said 1,262 people were arrested for drunken driving, down from 1,416 last year.

The number of fatalities includes all law enforcement jurisdictions statewide, while the drunken driving arrests are only those made by CHP officers.

   
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