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DUI arrests up so far during L.A. County summer crackdown

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Police agencies throughout Los Angeles County have been taking part in a nationwide effort to curb driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Above, traffic on the southbound Harbor Freeway in Los Angeles.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

An 18-day crackdown on drunk driving in L.A. County has so far netted 1,373 arrests, putting it on track to surpass the number logged during the same operation last year.

Police agencies throughout the county made the arrests starting Aug. 16 through Sunday as part of a nationwide effort to curb driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The number so far exceeds the 1,258 DUI arrests made over the same period last year, according to the county sheriff’s department.

Of the 187 DUI arrests made Sunday night alone, six resulted out of crashes that caused injuries.

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Numbers for the 10-day mark were still preliminary since not all police agencies taking part in the campaign had reported their arrest figures.

Dozens more DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols are scheduled for the rest of the week and into Labor Day, the final day of the enforcement operation.

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