A driving-under-the-influence team, fielded jointly by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the California Highway Patrol and five South Bay police departments, arrested 80 people for drunk driving during the holiday period, according to the Gardena Police Department, which coordinated the program.
Operating between Dec. 20 and Dec. 31, the team--which also included officers from Hawthorne, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo and Redondo Beach--concentrated on a different area each day.
Special holiday task forces also were formed by police departments in Torrance and Inglewood to concentrate on drunk drivers.
Torrance police said 39 arrests were made by its task force during a two-week holiday period, while an additional 13 drunk drivers were arrested by regular patrol officers.
The task force in Inglewood, which operated from mid-November until the end of the year, arrested 96 people for driving under the influence, according to the department.