The annual number of drunk driving deaths has been rising across the country, prompting law enforcement in cities large and small to crackdown, especially during the winter holidays, when fatalities tend to spike. Los Angeles is no exception. During DUI checkpoints and roving patrols last weekend, officers from the 100 law enforcement agencies participating in the Avoid the 100 campaign arrested nearly 500 drivers for DUI, reported the Los Angeles Times.
Their efforts were funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reports that alcohol-related crash fatalities increased by 4.6 percent, from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2012. Most of those accidents involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration that was nearly double the legal limit of .08.
Marked by holiday parties, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, fatal DUI crashes tend to be more prevalent in December than other months, claiming 830 lives during last year’s holiday season-one life every 54 minutes. To combat the problem, law enforcement will be out in full force until January 1st.
Click here for a list of DUI checkpoints and patrols in Orange County this month.