Crime & Justice

CHP makes 150 DUI arrests in LA County over Christmas weekend

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Over the extended Christmas holiday weekend the California Highway Patrol arrested 150 motorists in Los Angeles County on suspicion of driving under the influence, a CHP spokesman said.

The arrests came during a Maximum Enforcement Period deployed by the CHP throughout the Christmas holiday period, which ran from Thursday through Sunday. During the same period in 2014 — which was a day longer, given the day of the week on which Christmas fell — "we had one person killed [in a DUI-related incident] in Los Angeles County and 132 arrests, said CHP spokesman Officer Juan Galvan.

Statewide through Sunday morning, CHP officers arrested 608 motorists on DUI charges and 14 people were killed in motor-vehicle collisions in which a driver was accused of driving under the influence, Galvan said.

During the special enforcement period, "We generally increase our numbers [of patrol officers].," Galvan said. "Any CHP officer that is available to work the holiday, who doesn't have prescheduled vacation or otherwise a day off, will be working the road out on patrol."

"We are catching more people ... driving under the influence, which is a good thing,," he said. "However, you still have to remember that you shouldn't be drinking and driving, regardless."