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Holiday DUI Arrests on the Rise

The Avoid the 100 DUI Task Force makes more arrests through the holiday weekend than last year.

Los Angeles County’s DUI crackdown netted more arrests through the Christmas weekend than last year, according to numbers by the Avoid the 100 DUI task force.

From Dec. 16 to Dec. 26, 1,506 individuals were arrested during DUI patrols and checkpoints throughout the county for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In 2010, 1,260 DUI arrests were made during the same 10-day period.

According to an Avoid the 100 press statement, several agencies have yet to report their numbers.

Fatalities on California highways were also up during the Christmas holiday weekend – five more than last year. Six people were killed in state highways during the holiday weekend, although none of the deaths occurred in Los Angeles County. There was one alcohol-related fatality in California during the same period last year.

CHP officers made 182 DUI arrests in Los Angeles County, 80 more than the same period last year.

The Avoid the 100 anti-DUI campaign will continue in full force through this New Year’s Eve weekend, ending midnight Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

The following are the remaining scheduled checkpoints and patrols of the 17-day campaign.

Thursday, Dec. 29
DUI Checkpoint
– LASD Compton
DUI Patrol –
Avoid the 100 (West) – (El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach and Torrance), LAPD Olympic Area

Friday, Dec. 30
DUI Checkpoints
– Azusa, Redondo Beach, LAPD
DUI Patrol –
Avoid the 100 (West) – (El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood,Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach and Torrance), LASD – Cerritos, LASD – Norwalk, CHP Antelope Valley, CHP Newhall

Saturday, Dec. 31
DUI Checkpoint
–Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency (Including Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Montebello, and Bell Gardens), LAPD – Pacific area 

DUI Patrols - Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency (Including the cities of Glendora, Pomona,Claremont, La Verne, Covina, Azusa, Irwindale, CHP and LAPD), Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency (Including Glendale, South Pasadena, Pasadena,Burbank, San Marino, and San Fernando.)

Avoid the 100 (West) – (El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach and Torrance), Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency – (Including officers from Baldwin Park, West Covina,Baldwin Park School Police, El Monte, Monrovia, Arcadia and Sierra Madre)

CHP Antelope Valley

CHP Newhall

LASD – Bellflower

LASD – Compton

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012
DUI Patrols:
LAPD – Mission Area, LASD – Carson, LASD – TBD

City News Service contributed to this report.

Jonathon December 28, 2011 at 06:02 PM
How is San Fernando considered to be "east"?
Mark December 28, 2011 at 08:13 PM
The city of San Fernando is about as far east as you get in the San Fernando Valley, right up by the foothills area along the 210 Freeway. It is northeast Los Angeles, just north of Sunland and Sun Valley.
Biff Baff December 29, 2011 at 03:23 PM
If you take one for the road, you'll get a trooper for a chaser...
Natalie Ragus December 29, 2011 at 07:01 PM
Biff, That.is.awesome! Are you an ad executive or something? You should be creating a PSA for the CHP!

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