FIRE LATEST: Firefighters Enter Day 14 Of Thomas FireClosures And Evacuations Live Blog | Listen Live | Full Coverage #CBSLAHelps: CBSLA teamed up with the American Red Cross to raise money for victims of the Southern California firestorms. Click Here to donate! You can also text CBSLAHELPS to 75759 to learn more. Celebrity Guests | Full Recap

LOS ANGELES — More than 3,000 arrests were made in Los Angeles and Riverside counties during a 17-day holiday crackdown on drunken and drug-impaired driving.

LA County reported 2,433 arrests for suspicion of driving under the influence and Riverside reported 658 arrests. The numbers were up year-to-year in both counties.

Tragically, there were four deaths attributed to a drunk or impaired drivers in our area,” said Riverside police Sgt. Skip Showalter. “Last year, there were two alcohol-related deaths during the same year-end campaign.”

About 100 law enforcement agencies in LA County and 30 agencies in Riverside participated in the “Avoid The 100” and “Avoid The 30” anti-DUI task forces, respectively.

Sobriety checkpoints were set up throughout the enforcement areas.

The campaigns coincided with two California Highway Patrol “maximum enforcement periods” — one on Christmas weekend, and the other over New Year’s weekend — during which 80 percent of the agency’s officers hit the streets to catch drunks, speeders and other traffic violators.

Both counties plan additional anti-DUI operations during the months of February and March to coincide with Super Bowl Sunday and St. Patrick’s Day.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

Comments (3)
  1. uhoh says:

    3000 idiots off of the streets. A few million more to go…

  2. Nana says:

    You made some dnecet points there. I looked on the internet for the issue and found most individuals will go along with with your website.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Los Angeles
Plan Your Trip

Watch & Listen LIVE