A total of 31 people were killed in driving accidents statewide from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Sunday, according to CHP officials. That number was up from the 21 killed in 2011 for the same period.
Thirty-two fatalities were reported last year for the entire extended holiday weekend - 6 p.m. Wednesday to midnight Sunday.
A total of 1,210 suspected drunken driving arrests, were made as of 6 a.m. Sunday, compared with 1,350 for the same period last year, officials said.
At least one fatality was reported in the High Desert.
On Saturday morning, a Las Vegas man, Craig Suave, 44, was killed in an off-roading incident at Dumont Dunes, northwest of Baker. Suave was riding a quad when he collided with another off-road vehicle, San Bernardino County coroner's officials reported late Saturday night.
The total number of fatalities and DUI arrests for the entire extended holdiday weekend won't be available until today, according to a CHP news release.
Those trying to make it home from their holiday weekend Sunday afternoon had to battle some sluggish traffic, the most severe reported Sunday afternoon and evening in Riverside County.
As of 6 p.m., traffic was moving in spots at about 7 miles per hour on the westbound 10 Freeway starting at Cathedral City, according to SigAlert.com, and continued at a crawl until the Beuamont area, where it cleared up. No crashes were reported.
Travelers heading south on the 15 Freeway through the Cajon Pass did experience some slowing in the Victor Valley area of the High Desert, but speeds remained at an average of 30 to 35 miles per hour, officials said.
Motorists on the southbound 5 Freeway north of Valencia experienced some slowing with speeds as low as 15 mph around 6 p.m., according to SigAlert.com. No problems were reported on the southbound 101 coming into the San Fernando Valley.