Fewer Southern California drivers got behind the wheel intoxicated in the run up to Labor Day, dropping the number of arrests in 2014 compared to the year before, according to numbers from a countywide task force.
From Aug. 15 to Sept. 1, officers with the "Avoid the 100" DUI task force arrested 1,982 people, compared to 2,313 arrests during the same period the year before.
"Tragically, of these 1,982 arrests, 74 of them were arrested for DUI only after being involved in a crash causing injury to themselves and/or innocent travelers on our roads and highways," said Wendy Brewer of the Glendora Police Department, and coordinator for the LA County program, in a statement.
The "Avoid the 100" program involves stepped-up enforcement of DUI laws during peak times using officers from all 100 law enforcement agencies in the county.
Additional enforcement is also planned surrounding the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays as well as during the entire month of December.