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DUI arrests in L.A. County decrease during holiday crackdown

By   Brian Day, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Arrests for intoxicated driving were down 16 percent over last year during the first two days of a multi-agency holiday season DUI crackdown, officials said.

Police officers, sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers that make up the Los Angeles County anti-DUI task force, collectively as "Avoid the 100," initially reported 351 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs between 12:01 a.m. Friday and midnight Sunday, task force organizers said in a written statement. Last year, 417 drivers were arrested during the same 48-hour period.

The DUI enforcement campaign is scheduled to continue through midnight Jan. 1.

Funding for the task force is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Anyone who spots an intoxicated driver on the road is encouraged to call 9-1-1.

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