(KTLA-TV)

LOS ANGELES -- Traffic accidents in California claimed the lives of 31 people this Memorial Day weekend marking a sharp increase from last year.

California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Nunez said 10 people were killed in Los Angeles County.

The traffic fatalities occurred during the first 60 hours of the holiday weekend, ending at 6 a.m. Monday, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Last year, 19 people died in traffic accidents around the state, with only one death in Los Angeles County.

Although fatalities were up, drunk driving arrests were down slightly, according to The Times.

In Los Angeles County, 220 drivers were arrested, 16 fewer than last year, according to the report. Nearly 1,300 people were arrested for drunk driving across the state, five fewer than in 2008. Those figures do not include drunk driving arrests made by city police departments.