LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout the Southland and statewide were stepping up patrols and DUI checkpoints this Labor Day weekend.

Authorities said the effort, which was part of anti-DUI enforcement efforts, has resulted in a “significant number” of arrests.

In fact, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says 1,776 arrests were made between Aug. 16-30. That’s 184 more arrests in comparison to the same 15-day period last year.

In a department statement, deputies said extra DUI saturation patrols and checkpoints would be set-up throughout Los Angeles County.

“In addition, all regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts,” the statement said.

A first-time DUI conviction can cost up to $10,000 in fines, legal fees, and insurance increases.

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