Highway deaths doubled in Los Angeles County this holiday weekend over last year and increased statewide, but there were fewer drunk driving arrests, the CHP said today. The California Highway Patrol reported eight deaths in Los Angeles County from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. this morning compared to four deaths last year in the same period. Across the state, 42 people lost their lives on California highways, compared to 32 last year. “We see it every holiday period when people set out on the roads. They are speeding and there is reckless driving,” said CHP spokesman Miguel Luevano. Of those who were killed, 26 were not wearing a seatbelt. “It doesn’t take but a few seconds to grab that seat belt and click it,” Luevano said. “As we’ve seen this holiday, people didn’t make it home or to their destination because they didn’t wear their seatbelts.” Both the Los Angeles Police Department and the CHP held dozens of sobriety check points across the area. The CHP arrested 296 drivers countywide this weekend compared to 307 last year. Statewide, the numbers were down as well, with 1,406 this holiday compared to 1,571 last year, the CHP said. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!