More Than 550 L.A. County DUI Arrests Over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Los Angeles County Law Enforcement Agencies arrested  at least 571 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs from Friday to St. Patrick’s Day on Monday.  The results are still preliminary because some agencies haven’t reported yet.

The crackdown, which went from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 14, through Monday night, included officers representing 100 county law enforcement agencies.

Police say the DUI mobilization crackdown on drunk drivers resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from the sobriety checkpoints, special saturation patrols and routine patrols in Los Angeles County over this past weekend.

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

Law enforcement officials say more “Avoid the 100” DUI operations will take place during Cinco de Mayo, the Memorial Day weekend holiday and the 4th of July.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studies show that DUI checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement operations, are proven strategies for removing impaired drivers from the road and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  The NHTSA reports that sobriety checkpoint programs can yield considerable cost savings: $6 for every $1 spent.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage motorists to help law enforcement every day by reporting drunk drivers to 9-1-1.