“Tis the season to be Merry,” but some get carried away. During an eleven-day span from Dec. 13 to Dec. 23, law enforcement agencies across Los Angeles county arrested 1,366 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This number is up from 1,298 arrests over the same time span last year.
As Hill Street Blues Sergeant Phil Esterhaus, played by the late actor Michael Conrad, used to warn, “Let’s be careful out there.”
The arrests most likely will increase, as the California Highway Patrol’s maximum enforcement period runs all the way through Christmas day until midnight. The Sheriff’s department will be on the lookout: “All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts.”