From City News Service
Drunken and drugged driving arrests during a countywide holiday crackdown totaled 2,268 through midnight Wednesday, up from 2,168 last year during the same time period, officials said.
The crackdown by officers with the Avoid the 100 law enforcement task force started Dec. 13 and ran through New Year’s Day in Los Angeles County. The figures are provisional.
The campaign by 100 law enforcement agencies countywide included checkpoints and “roving DUI saturation patrols.”
A blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent is considered too drunk to drive.
According to some estimates, a first-time drunken driving conviction, can cost up to $10,000, including bail, fines, legal fees and increased insurance costs.
Other “Avoid the 100” efforts are planned for Super Bowl Sunday in February and the following month for St. Patrick’s Day.