LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Several police agencies and the California Highway Patrol are expected to go into maximum enforcement mode this New Year’s Eve weekend.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou Reports

In Los Angeles County alone, 1,500 people were arrested for DUI’s over Christmas week — a 20 percent increase as compared to the same period last year.

“It’s a higher percentage of DUI drivers are out there and it’s people who have never drank and driven before… a lot of the first timers we’ve caught,” said CHP Officer Matthew Calbert.

Beginning Friday night, the CHP is teaming up with other law enforcement agencies, stepping up several sobriety checkpoints across the Southland.

“Buzz driving is drunk driving. If you feel the effects of alcohol intoxication and you’re driving, you are driving impaired,” CHP officer Kraig Palmer said.

Meantime, more state and federal dollars to the CHP are providing extra resources to crack down on drunken driving.

Comments (7)
  1. Everyday Guy says:

    The majority arrested will be drunk hispanics.

    1. Fred Rinaldi says:

      EDG your a real arsewhole, and I’m not Hispanic, bit full blooded Italian, and you jerkoff are a racist jerk

      1. Everyday Guy says:

        BooHoo Fred, go back to mounting your mom after she consumes too many wine boxes.

    2. Greg Edgar says:

      Yeah right. Based on who’s statistics? Yours? You’d probably be more believable if you weren’t a crackhead.

  2. MADD -1 says:

    I don’t have sympathy for anyone who gets a DUI. As small children we know it’s not okay however, as grownups a majority of us choose to chance it.
    My girlfriend and I go out and drink socially on the weekends. However we never do so without a driver or cabbing it. For those who argue that alternate transportation is too expensive it’s a lot cheaper than a DUI or taking a life and the associated jail time.

  3. test says:


    Corrupt FBI and DEA use no-knock warrants to enter suspect’s homes while they are away and steal items.

    They mostly steal watches, jewelry and less frequently expensive prescription drugs by returning a second time and swapping them with fakes.

    Some of them where stealing wear item parts off of cars, swapping them with old worn out parts from their personal autos and in some cases leaving the auto in a dangerous state.

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