LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Nearly 500 people were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence during the holiday weekend period that started Thursday and ended Saturday at 12:01 a.m., according to authorities.

The 490 arrests were made through local routine traffic enforcement and special “Avoid the 100 DUI” deployment areas in Los Angeles County, said officials.

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Last year, during the same period, there were 343 arrests for DUI, according to a press release from LA County.

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Funding for the “Avoid” program was made possible by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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