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Anti-DUI push yields 1,500 arrests in 10 days in L.A. County

A task force formed to crack down on holiday-season drunk driving resulted in 1,500 arrests for alleged driving under the influence in Los Angeles County from Dec. 16 to Christmas Day.

About 100 local law enforcement agencies took part in the anti-DUI crackdown with checkpoints and stepped-up traffic enforcement.

Last year, in the same 10-day period, 1,260 people were arrested for alleged driving under the influence.

More checkpoints and special DUI patrols are planned for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, including these communities released by authorities:

Saturday, Dec. 31:

Checkpoints — Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Montebello, Bell Garden and the LAPD's Pacific area (including Venice, Marina del Rey and Westchester)

DUI patrols — Antelope Valley, Arcadia, Azusa, Burbank, Claremont, Covina, El Monte, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Verne, Manhattan Beach, Monrovia, Newhall Palos Verdes Estates, Pasadena, Pomona, Redondo Beach, San Fernando, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, West Covina, Bellflower, Baldwin Park, Compton, El Segundo, Glendale, Glendora and Torrance

Sunday, Jan. 1:

DUI patrols — Carson, the LAPD's Mission area (including Mission Hills, Panorama City and Sylmar) and other locations to be determined

More information can be found on the website of the the AVOID anti-DUI program.


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