By Brian Day, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Arrests for intoxicated driving were down 16 percent over last year during the first two days of a multi-agency holiday season DUI crackdown, officials said.
Police officers, sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers that make up the Los Angeles County anti-DUI task force, collectively as “Avoid the 100,” initially reported 351 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs between 12:01 a.m. Friday and midnight Sunday, task force organizers said in a written statement. Last year, 417 drivers were arrested during the same 48-hour period.
The DUI enforcement campaign is scheduled to continue through midnight Jan. 1.
Funding for the task force is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Anyone who spots an intoxicated driver on the road is encouraged to call 9-1-1.