County law enforcement nets hundreds of DUI arrests in holiday lead-up

This post has been updated, as indicated below.

Law enforcement agencies across Los Angeles County announced this week that they had arrested 1,366 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in an 11-day span earlier this month.  

The effort between Dec. 13 at 12:01 a.m. and Dec. 23 at midnight is part of a winter crackdown on drunk drivers and exceeds the 1,298 arrests issued over the same 11-day period in 2012, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The Sheriff's Department said Tuesday that the California Highway Patrol's maximum enforcement period runs from 6 p.m. Christmas Eve through midnight on Christmas.

"All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts," the Sheriff's Department said. 

[Updated 1:15 p.m. PST Dec. 25: The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has also been embarking on a winter holiday crackdown on drivers under the influence. In a news release, sheriff’s officials in Orange County said that from 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 13 through midnight Dec. 19, preliminary numbers show 315 people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.]


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