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Anti-DUI Crackdown Nets 456 Arrests

Despite a fall in the number of drunken driving arrests, two pedestrians were fatally struck by drivers arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Drunken driving arrests made by 100 Los Angeles County law enforcement agencies over the past weekend fell significantly compared to last year, but two pedestrians were fatally struck by drunken drivers, authorities said Monday.

Between Friday at 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, members of the Avoid the 100 DUI Task Force made 456 arrests for driving under the influence of drugs of alcohol, down from 598 arrests during the same weekend last year, according to the task force.

Two pedestrians, however, were fatally struck by drivers arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

On Saturday, Ryan Mascioni, 21, of Redondo Beach was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after he fatally struck a woman crossing the 13000 block of Hawthorne Boulevard about 11 p.m. Friday. Police say Mascioni left the scene but surrendered to deputies at the sheriff's Lawndale station about an hour later.

No other information was made available about the other drunken driving arrest and pedestrian fatality.

Between now and Christmas, members of the task force will continue to focus on drunken driving and, starting Friday, several saturation patrols and DUI/license checkpoints around the county.

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