Holiday DUI Crackdown Nets Thousands of Arrests in SoCal

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A maximum enforcement campaign against drunken driving in several Southern California counties during the holiday period had netted more than 2,000 arrests by Christmas week.

File photo of a DUI checkpoint.

Between Dec. 13 and Dec. 23, 1,366 people were arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies and officers from about 100 other law enforcement agencies in the county, according to provisional figured released Tuesday night.

The number of arrests was up slightly from that same 11-day period in 2012, when 1,298 DUI arrests were made, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

This week’s maximum enforcement period — for the California Highway Patrol and other agencies — began at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve and was slated to go through midnight Christmas, with all available sheriff’s traffic and patrol officers focused on stopping and arresting drunken drivers.

Checkpoints had been scheduled for locations across Southern California, according to news releases from multiple agencies.

In Orange County, for the period from Dec. 13 to Dec. 22, approximately 490 people were arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday.

That figure was down from 588 arrests in Orange County during the same period in 2012.

The “Avoid the 30” campaign from law enforcement agencies in Riverside County had netted 250 suspected DUI arrests from Dec. 13 through Dec. 19, up from 230 in 2012, according to a news release from the Riverside Police Department.

Figures for Ventura and San Bernardino counties were not immediately available.

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