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DUI Arrests Up – Enforcement Ongoing

 The annual Avoid the 100 winter holiday crackdown on intoxicated driving in Los Angeles County has resulted in the arrests of 1,996 suspected drunken or drugged drivers, up from 1,913 last year during the same time period, authorities said Monday.

The arrests were made between 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 13 and midnight Sunday.

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. The patrols 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.