A task force of law enforcement officers arrested 1,982 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in Los Angeles County during an 18-day period that ended on Labor Day, authorities said today.
The Avoid the 100 DUI Task Force conducted stepped-up patrols and numerous DUI checkpoints during the enforcement effort, which began at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 15 and ended at 11:59 p.m. Monday, said Wendy Brewer of the Glendora Police Department.
“Tragically, of these 1,982 (suspects), 74 of them were arrested for DUI only after being involved in a crash causing injury to themselves and/or innocent travelers on our roads and highways,” Brewer said.
During the same time period last year, task force members made 2,313 DUI arrests, Brewer said.
Funding for the task force operation was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
— City News Service