DUI Special Operation Nets 2,100+ Arrests in L.A. County

The arrests were all made in a 19-day time span, during the "Avoid the 100" holiday DUI enforcement operation throughout Los Angeles County.

A county-wide effort to curb drunk and drugged driving during the holidays resulted in thousands of arrests, officials announced.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department says the 2012/13 "Avoid the 100" DUI campaign-- named for the number of law enforcement agencies that take part-- resulted in a "significant" number of arrests, at more than 2,000.

According to the department, from 12:01 a.m. Friday, December 14 through midnight Tuesday, January 1, officers arrested 2,168 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

During last year's operation in 2011/12-- which was actually two days shorter in length-- 2,433 DUI arrests occurred, LASD reported.

The arrests were all part of the special holiday Avoid the 100 campaign, in which enforcement efforts included: 72 DUI/driver’s license checkpoints, 153 local DUI saturation patrols and 25 DUI warrant/probation sweeps-- all between Dec. 14 and Jan. 1.   The CHP also deployed all available officers during two Maximum Enforcement Periods – Christmas and New Year's weekends. 

In 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle alcohol or drug-related crashes and in California 791 people died on state streets and highways. In Los Angeles County, there were 157 individuals killed.

Funding for the Avoid the 100 DUI campaign is provided through state and federal grants.

The group's next major crackdown on drunk and drugged driving will occur on Super Bowl Sunday, and again on St. Patrick's Day, the sheriff's department said.

Joe Farrell January 04, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Is that more or less then during any other normal random 19 day Period? Is there a point to the drunk driving checkpoints and enhanced enforcement or is it all just advertising and press releases from the police? What did it cost, and what's the return on the investment in enforcement?
Stamford Bridge January 04, 2013 at 04:53 PM
DUI's are big business. The county nets big cash from these arrests through the fines, impound fees etc...I've never had a DUI, but I've been pulled over on 2 separate occasions and given a field sobriety test. Obviously I passed because both times I was stone sober, yet both times I was told by the officer, that he/she smelled alcohol, which was a total lie, seeing how I don't drink. Because of organizations like MADD and others, nationally DUI's are pushed for and advocated in favor of. The problem is, too often drivers are cited by "dirty cops". Sorry, but it's true, it happens, a lot...I have always been a big supporter of cops, like most people, I have many friends and family members that are cops. When you need them, they are usually there for citizens. But, at some point, the dirty side of law enforcement needs to be exposed. There is some pretty shady stuff that goes on, that not enough citizens are aware of. Prescription drug abuse, drug sales, steroid sales, etc..Of course not all, but it happens enough. The random drug tests are a joke when you know "when" and "how" you are going to be tested... At some point, the outlaw gangbanger with a badge style of law enforcement needs to stop...
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