Increase in DUI Arrests in Los Angeles This Holiday Season

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The winter holiday season is typically one of the busiest times of the year for Los Angeles DUI lawyers. This season however, is likely to be more demanding than usual. Law enforcement officers arrested more numbers of people for DUI this season in Los Angeles County, compared to the previous year.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, there was an increase of at least 250 DUI arrests from 2010. Close to 1, 500 people were arrested for DUI over a 10-day period. Last year, during the same period of time, there had been 1, 260 arrests.

Additionally, the final number of arrests for this particular time is likely to be higher, because some agencies have still not submitted their final tally. The statistics are only for between midnight December 16 and midnight December 25. The final tally for the number of people arrested over the New Year's holiday has not come in yet. However, Los Angeles DUI attorneys expect the number of people arrested for DUI over the New Year's holiday to be higher than last year too, because this year's holiday also coincided with the weekend.

Los Angeles DUI attorneys find that maximum DUI enforcement action takes place during the hours between December 31 and the early hours of January 1. This time too, the New Year's holiday was marked by DUI checkpoints across the state, as well as checkpoints to check driver’s licenses. Additionally, there was a DUI task force which included the participation of multiple agencies as well as local DUI patrols. Law officers tend to find themselves under even more pressure to arrest people for DUI over the Christmas and New Year's holidays.