DUI arrests up nearly 20% this holiday

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The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and the stepped-up holiday enforcement Avoid the 100 DUI deployments in Los Angeles County.

Between 12:01 a.m., Dec. 16, and midnight Dec. 25, officers representing 100 Los Angeles County law enforcement agencies arrested 1,506 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2010, 1,260 DUI arrests occurred during the same 10-day time period.

The numbers are provisional, with some agencies yet to report.

All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus their efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during normal shifts. The California Highway Patrol will deploy all available officers during the final nights of their maximum-enforcement period beginning Friday.

Multiple DUI/driver’s license checkpoints, multi-agency DUI task force operations and local roving DUI patrols are all part of the region-wide crackdown during the 17-day winter holiday campaign.

Police, sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make their communities safer by report drunken drivers by calling 911. DUI arrest data collection will continue through New Year’s weekend.

Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

DUI arrests up nearly 20% this holiday