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 Years 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’s 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 drunken and drugged driving will occur on Super Bowl Sunday, and again on St. Patrick's Day, the sheriff's department said.