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DUI arrests are up from last year, authorities say

December 23, 2011 |  6:00 pm

More than 1,000 people in Los Angeles County were arrested in the last seven days for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, an increase from last year, authorities said Friday.

The arrests were made by officers from dozens of law enforcement agencies across Los Angeles County who are participating in a winter holiday anti-DUI crackdown. In the seven days from Dec. 16 to Thursday, officers arrested 1,028 people on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, compared with 924 last year.

The campaign will continue through New Year's Day and will include DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols by police officers.

The operation will also include the California Highway Patrol's maximum enforcement period this weekend and next.

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