California: DUI enforcement effort over Memorial Day rounded up nearly 600 in boozing dragnet! Good Job Officer Friday!

The Memorial Day Weekend DUI crackdown has resulted in a large number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 100 DUI deployments through day three of the campaign in Los Angeles County.

From 12:01 AM Friday May 27, 2010 through Midnight Sunday, May 29, 2010 officers representing 100 county law enforcement agencies have arrested nearly 600 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2010, 538 DUI arrests occurred during the same time period. (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**) 192

These numbers are in comparison to last years’ totals during first 3 days for the 4 day enforcement period. DUI arrest data collection will continue through midnight Monday, May 30, 2011. Law enforcement officials are continuing DUI efforts throughout the county and region. Additionally, CHP Areas throughout the state have all available officers patrolling freeways and county roads throughout the weekend.

For Memorial Day Monday, May 30th all officers will focus efforts towards the drinking driver through extra DUI saturation patrols and checkpoints in several cities around the county. Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911! Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, also concentrate on the Independence Day weekend as well as the 18-Day August/Labor Day period. In recognition that summer season is among the deadliest time of the year, law enforcement agencies throughout the county will be making every effort to arrest drunk drivers before another life is lost.

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