Don’t say I never warned you – DUI arrests way up this year

December 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm in Driving, Holidays, Law, Law Enforcement, Mass Transit, Social issues, Transportation

1,520 DUI Arrests by LA County Policing Agencies Dec. 13-25

A couple of weeks ago I posted a warning that DUI check points were going to increase this year as the various local law enforcement agencies got Federal Grants to up enforcement.  Yikes…up over last year by 95 arrests.  AND New Years isn’t here yet.  Save yourself the hassle and HUGE expense and get a destignated driver, use AAA Tipsy Tow, call a taxi, use the UBER app, use METRO,  but don’t get behind the wheel as its not worth it.

In my corner of L.A, as well as the whole city there will be a huge increase in DUI Checkpoints starting this tonight through New Years.  The press releases with details after the jump. 

From LA Sheriff via Nixle:

Winter Holiday AVOID DUI campaign – Thursday Update 10

The Winter Holiday DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 100 DUI deployments during the past several days in Los Angeles County.

From 12:01 AM Friday December 13, 2013 through midnight Thursday December 25, 2013 officers representing 100 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 1,520 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2012, 1,425 DUI arrests occurred during the same thirteen (13) day time period. (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)

For third weekend of the Winter Avoid DUI campaign and final six days of the crackdown, the following enforcement will be taking place:

Friday, December 27

Checkpoint – El Monte

Checkpoint – Hawthorne

Checkpoint – Pasadena (tentative)

Checkpoint – San Gabriel

Checkpoint – LAPD 77th Street Area

Checkpoint – LAPD West Valley Area

Checkpoint – LASD Industry

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (Glendora, Azusa, Covina, Irwindale, Pomona, La Verne, and Claremont)

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (Arcadia, West Covina, Baldwin Park School Police, El Monte, Monrovia, Sierra Madre)

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (Glendale, Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, San Fernando, Burbank)

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (El Camino College Police, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance)

Saturday, December 28

Checkpoint – Arcadia

Checkpoint – San Gabriel

Checkpoint – Whittier

Checkpoint – LAPD Devonshire Area

Checkpoint – LAPD Central Area

Checkpoint – LAPD Hollywood Area

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (Glendale, Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, San Fernando, Burbank)

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (El Camino College Police, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance)

DUI Patrol – Long Beach

DUI Patrol – Redondo Beach

DUI Patrol – CHP South Los Angeles Area

DUI Patrol – LAPD West Valley

Sunday, December 29

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (El Camino College Police, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance)

Monday, December 30

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (El Camino College Police, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance)

Tuesday, December 31

MEP (Maximum Enforcement Period) – CHP Southern Division (beginning at 6:01 pm)

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 Multi Agency (El Camino College Police, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance)

DUI Patrol – Arcadia

DUI Patrol – LASD Bellflower

Wednesday, January 1

MEP (Maximum Enforcement Period) – CHP Southern Division

The CHP will be deploying all available officers for their next Maximum Enforcement Period during New Year’s Eve beginning the 31st at 6:00 PM until midnight Wednesday, January 1st. Additionally, all regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911! Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. DUI arrest data collection will continue through New Year’s weekend, midnight Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

From the Arcadia PD via Nixle:

Community: Upcoming DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint & Sautation Patrol, Dec 28th/31st, evening hours, Arcadia area

Hi frazgo,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 26, 2013

Upcoming DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint & DUI Saturation Patrol

The Arcadia Police Department will hold a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint during the evening hours of Saturday, December 28th and a DUI Saturation Patrol on December 31st, 2013. Said enforcement efforts will be conducted during the California Office of Traffic Safety’s “December DUI Crackdown,” which runs from December 13th thru December 31st. Additionally, members of the Arcadia Police Department will participate in 4 multi-agency DUI task force operations as part of the AVOID 100 program during this same time frame.

Earlier this year, the Arcadia Police Department received two grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways, through the use of DUI checkpoints, specialized enforcement efforts and public awareness.

One of the goals of our enforcement activity this holiday season is to promote public safety and increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. This will be accomplished by providing a highly visible enforcement and publicity campaign, in order to deter intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel and driving. Through these efforts, we also seek to reduce the number of injuries and deaths associated with collisions involving intoxicated drivers.

We would like to remind the public of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. It simply is not worth it to drive while impaired. Give the gift of life this holiday season and celebrate responsibly by using a sober designated driver. Remember, “Friends don’t let friend’s drive while impaired.”

Don’t forget to visit the Arcadia Police Department News & Information Blog or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Nixle for other pertinent news and information. Remember, the solution begins with you!

Funding for these operations is provided from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers. Call 9-1-1!

Robert T. Guthrie
Chief of Police

By: Brett Bourgeous
Traffic Sergean

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