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Arrests up during holiday DUI crackdown

Posted: January 2, 2014 6:06 p.m.
Updated: January 2, 2014 6:06 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - A 20-day crackdown on impaired drivers in Los Angeles County during the holidays netted 2,268 individuals, according to preliminary numbers, Sheriff’s Department officials said Thursday,

That’s 100 more than were arrested during last holiday season’s 19-day crackdown.

Some 100 law-enforcement agencies were involved in the “2013/14 Winter Holiday DUI Mobilization,” officials said. They employed sobriety checkpoints, special saturation patrols and routine patrols throughout the county.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station conducted only one DUI checkpoint during the crackdown Dec. 13-Jan. 1. It was held Dec. 20 and resulted in two people arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and another two sent to court for allegedly operating their vehicles without a license. In addition, three vehicles were impounded.

The station also conducted saturation patrols throughout the crackdown period, Sgt. Richard Cohen said. That means patrols were sent out to specifically target drunken drivers.

The number of arrests made in the Santa Clarita Valley as a result of the crackdown was not available Thursday, Cohen said.

Law enforcement agencies will conduct more DUI operations during Super Bowl Sunday in February and for St. Patrick’s Day festivities in March.

Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.




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