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DUI Crackdown: 621 People Arrested for DUI in LA County This Week

Monrovia Police participate in the "Avoid the 100" campaign that has locked up hundreds of drunk drivers so far this holiday season.

A week into a county-wide effort to curb drunk and drugged driving, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department says the "Avoid the 100" DUI campaign has resulted in a "significant"number of arrests.

According to the department, from 12:01 a.m. Friday, December 14 through midnight Thursday, December 20, officers have arrested 621 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

That number is actually down significantly from the same time period last year, in which 894 arrests occurred, officials said.  This week's number may still increase, though, as some agencies have yet to report.

The arrests are all part of the special holiday Avoid the 100 campaign, in which enforcement efforts include: 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 is also deploying 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.

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, the holiday season can be a dangerous time on the road. During December 2010, 30 percent of all fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved alcohol-impaired drivers. Statistics showed that among these crashes, 71 percent occurred when drivers had nearly twice the legal limit blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or higher.

Funding for the Avoid the 100 DUI campaigns is provided through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

For the final days of the 2012 campaign, the following local DUI activities will be deployed: 


Friday, December 21 

DUI Checkpoint – Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency – (Including officers from Arcadia, West Covina, Baldwin Park School Police, El Monte, Monrovia, Sierra Madre and CHP) 
DUI Checkpoint – Avoid the 100 (West) in Vernon 
DUI Checkpoint – El Monte 
DUI Checkpoint – Pasadena 
DUI Checkpoint – Pomona 
DUI Checkpoint – South Pasadena 
DUI Checkpoint – Vernon 
DUI Checkpoint – CHP Baldwin Park Area 
DUI Checkpoint – CHP Santa Clarita Valley 
DUI Checkpoint – CHP West L.A. Area 
DUI Checkpoint – LAPD – Olympic Area 
DUI Checkpoint – LAPD – Central Area 
DUI Checkpoint – LAPD – North Hollywood Area 
DUI Checkpoint – LAPD – Hollywood Area 
DUI Checkpoint – LASD Compton 
DUI Checkpoint – LASD Pico Rivera 
DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency (Including the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, El Camino College, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, UCLA PD, Huntington Park, Long Beach, Signal Hill and Vernon) 
DUI Patrol – Pomona 
DUI Patrol – LAPD – Harbor Area 

Saturday, December 22 

DUI Checkpoint –Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency in Alhambra (Including the cities of Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Montebello, Downey, Whittier and Bell Gardens) 
DUI Checkpoint – Avoid the 100 (West) in Torrance 
DUI Checkpoint – Azusa 
DUI Checkpoint – El Monte 
DUI Checkpoint – Huntington Park 
DUI Checkpoint – Inglewood 
DUI Checkpoint – Redondo Beach 
DUI Checkpoint – Signal Hill 
DUI Checkpoint – CHP Altadena Area 
DUI Checkpoint – LAPD – 77th Street Area 
DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency – (Including officers from Arcadia, West Covina, Baldwin Park School Police, El Monte, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, and CHP) 
DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency (Including the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, El Camino College, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, UCLA PD, Huntington Park, Long Beach, Signal Hill and Vernon) 
DUI Patrol – CHP South Los Angeles Area 
DUI Patrol – Long Beach 
DUI Patrol – San Gabriel 
DUI Patrol – Whittier 

Sunday, December 23 

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency (Including the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, El Camino College, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, UCLA PD, Huntington Park, Long Beach, Signal Hill and Vernon) 

Tuesday, December 25 

DUI Patrol – CHP MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PERIOD 
Wednesday, December 26 
DUI Checkpoint – LAPD – Rampart Area 

Friday, December 28 

DUI Checkpoint – El Monte 
DUI Checkpoint – El Segundo 
DUI Checkpoint – Gardena 
DUI Checkpoint – San Dimas 
DUI Checkpoint – San Gabriel 
DUI Checkpoint – Whittier 
DUI Checkpoint – CHP Antelope Valley 
DUI Checkpoint – CHP South L.A. Area 
DUI Checkpoint – LAPD – North Hollywood Area 
DUI Checkpoint – LASD West Hollywood 
DUI Checkpoint – LASD Paramount 
DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency (Including the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, El Camino College, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, UCLA PD, Huntington Park, Long Beach, Signal Hill and Vernon) 

Saturday, December 29 

DUI Checkpoint – Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency in Covina (Including the cities of Glendora, Pomona, Claremont, La Verne, Covina, Azusa, Irwindale, CHP and LAPD) 
DUI Checkpoint – Avoid the 100 (West) in Hawthorne 
DUI Checkpoint – Long Beach 
DUI Checkpoint – CHP Newhall Area 
DUI Checkpoint – LASD La Mirada 
DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency (Including the cities of Glendale, South Pasadena, Pasadena, Burbank, San Marino, San Fernando, LAPD and CHP.) 
DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency (Including the cities of Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Montebello, Downey, Whittier and Bell Gardens) 
DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency (Including the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, El Camino College, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, UCLA PD, Huntington Park, Long Beach, Signal Hill and Vernon) 
DUI Patrol – San Gabriel 
DUI Patrol – Whittier 
DUI Patrol – LAPD – Hollenbeck Area 
DUI Patrol – LASD Norwalk 

Sunday, December 30 

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency (Including the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, El Camino College, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, UCLA PD, Huntington Park, Long Beach, Signal Hill and Vernon) 

Monday, December 31 

DUI Checkpoint – Santa Monica 
DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency (Including the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, El Camino College, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, UCLA PD, Huntington Park, Long Beach, Signal Hill and Vernon) 
DUI Patrol – Long Beach 
DUI Patrol – Pomona 
DUI Patrol – CHP South Los Angeles Area 
DUI Patrol – CHP West Valley Area 
DUI Patrol – LASD West Hollywood 

The CHP will be deploying all available officers during their Maximum Enforcement Period this holiday weekend; Friday 6 PM through midnight Monday. 

Ellen Zunino December 22, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Hopefully, the difference between the numbers arrested last year and this year mean that people are getting some help and/or using designated drivers or taking cabs. I have good friends and coworkers who've all lost loved ones to drunk drivers. It's traumatic, especially around the holidays. I know there are some who think these DUI patrols and checkpoints are an unwarranted invasion of their privacy but anything that removes drunks from the road means fewer people - including the families of some of the drunk drivers - will be informed that someone they love will never be coming home.

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