9-Day DUI Sting Nets 1,068 Arrests

Law enforcement team up for an effort to crack down on drunken drivers during the holidays

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012  |  Updated 7:51 PM PDT
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Victim of Fatal DUI, Family Gets Special Christmas Visit

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DUI enforcement efforts such as this one in San Francisco in 2004 yield hundreds of arrests. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Driver Safety During the Holidays

More officers will be on the roads during the holidays to crack down on distracted, aggressive and DUI drivers. NBC10's Vince Lattanzio reports.

Victim of Fatal DUI, Family Gets Special Christmas Visit

Police in Santa Ana arranged a special early Christmas present for a family that saw the worst of times in 2012. The Meza family lost their 6-year-old daughter, Osmara, when they were struck by an alleged drunk driver in June. Vikki Vargas reports from Santa Ana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2012.
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Officers representing 100 Los Angeles County law enforcement agencies have arrested 1,068 motorists on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs since a special crackdown began Dec.
14, it was announced Sunday.

The Avoid the 100 Los Angeles County DUI campaign began at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 14. and is expected to conclude at midnight on Jan. 1, 2013. The arrest numbers were tabulated from 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 14 until midnight Saturday, according to a department statement.

In 2011, during the same nine-day period, 1,385 DUI arrests were made, according to the statement.

The campaign includes sobriety checkpoints, routine traffic enforcement and special deployments throughout Los Angeles County, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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