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Over 1,400 Suspected DUI Drivers Arrested During Crackdown

DUI arrests continue to drop from same time last year, authorities said.

A holiday crackdown on drunken drivers has removed 1,480 motorists suspected of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol off Los Angeles County roads over a recent two-week period, according to the sheriff's department.

The reporting period ran from 12:01 a.m Friday, Dec. 14 through midnight Thursday, Dec. 27 and represents arrests from 100 different agencies, although some agencies have not yet reported their final counts, according to the sheriff's department.

This arrest total represents a drop of 369 from the total arrested during the same time frame last year, according to the sheriff's department.

The sheriff's department warned drivers there will be another maximum enforcement effort during the final five days of this year's holiday anti-drunken driving effort, which will end midnight Tuesday.

Funding for this enforcement program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tim Ryder December 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Thanks for the update, Nicole. Can you ask Sgt Lorrenze where most of these drivers had been drinking, say at a Business or Residence? Thanks
Gary Donahue December 30, 2012 at 03:30 PM
The continuing drop in arrests is partially due to the drunk drivers becoming trained in how to avoid enforcement tactics. A drive along any freeway during the referenced time frame will ably demonstrate that there are still far too many people who are able to avoid getting caught. The continuing drop tells me that we need new methods of catching them more than that the current methods are enjoying continued success.
robert December 30, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Any person can call 911 and submit a suspected drunk driver. Give the license plate and vehicle description along with the location. Every bit helps.
Jack Morgan December 30, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Alot of intoxicated idoits see the check points and put out mass text messages to their friends and others warning them to stay away.
Lisa Maiorana December 30, 2012 at 07:41 PM
In any event, maybe it prevent the drunks and alcoholics from driving on our roads. We can only do so much when the bars and restaurants keep serving these idiots drinks because they want a big tip from a drunk. The police are doing all they can and we as citizens can only do so much. Any dui they stop is ok with me and the lives of my family and friends, we must get these people off the streets and into jail. If they want to destroy their lives so be it, but they don;t have to murder someone who's innocent as well.
Raymond Aguirre December 30, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Down by 369 from last year? Yet according to this same report not all agencies have reported their final counts? I am glad they were arrested, but please do not try to confuse your readers. Jans towing were offering free rides to those who were intoxicated and could not drive, could this be a factor in a possible decline? The fiscal cliff has brought down the party mood, could that be a factor as well?
Lisa Maiorana December 30, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Fiscal cliff or no fiscal cliff, our local liquor stores will continue to boom in sales. Don't you get it people, this kind of economy does NOT help people that already lost their jobs, families, etc. Instead of helping people like we should, we just serve them up another drink to drown their sorrows. Alcohol will never be the answer.
robert December 31, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Just what we need, another Carrie Nation. We've been through this. I'll get stinking drunk if I want too. But I won't leave my home or endanger anyone else. Have a drink and burn off that frost you got.
Gregg December 31, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Tell that to the guy who opened up that 7-11 on Foothill and Alta~ canada. He is now going out of business.
Linda McReynolds December 31, 2012 at 04:35 AM
When you call 911, they don't answer.
Tim Ryder January 15, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Nicole, can you find out more details on these people that were arrested? Can you ask Sgt Lorenze or should I contact him directly? I just want to know where these impaired drivers were coming from and why they chose to drive after drinking alcohol. Otherwise how do we stop this activity if we don't have any details?

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