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DUI Arrests Up – Crackdown Ongoing Through New Years

The annual Avoid the 100 winter holiday crackdown on intoxicated driving in Los Angeles County has resulted in the arrests of 1,689 suspected drunken or drugged drivers, authorities said Sunday.

The arrests were made between 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 13 and midnight Sunday.
During the same 15-day period a year ago, there were 1,600 DUI arrests made by Avoid the 100, authorities said.

The Avoid the 100 campaign includes dozens of sobriety/driver’s license checkpoints and more than 200 “roving DUI saturation patrols” in various areas of the county, and will continue through New Year’s Day.

Avoid the 100 is named for the 100 participating law enforcement agencies.

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.