Celebrate this Saint Patrick’s Day Responsibly: Designate a Sober Driver, Your Lucky Charm NA24085cm

March 17, 2024

Thursday, March 14
DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to 11 PM at Sunset Boulevard and Coronado Street
DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to 11 PM at Pico Boulevard and Union Avenue

Friday, March 15
DUI Saturation Patrol from 3 PM to 11 PM in Northeast Area
DUI Saturation Patrol from 4 PM to 12 AM in Rampart Area
DUI Saturation Patrol from 6 PM to 2 AM in South Bureau
DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to 11 PM at Western Avenue and Venice Boulevard

Saturday, March 16
DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to 11 PM at La Brea Avenue and Obama Boulevard

Sunday, March 17
DUI Saturation Patrol from 12 PM to 8 PM in North Hollywood Area

Note: Locations of the checkpoints are subject to change or cancellation.

With the Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations fast approaching, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will be on alert for suspected impaired drivers and reminds the community to celebrate responsibly by designating a sober driver, your lucky charm, for a safe and enjoyable celebration.

Commander Craig Valenzuela, Commanding Officer of Traffic Group, said, “Saint Patrick’s Day is a time for celebration, but it’s important to celebrate responsibly. Designating a sober driver before the festivities begin can save lives. It’s a simple way to make sure everyone traveling on our roads gets home safely.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest times on our nation’s roads. More than 13,384 preventable deaths throughout 2021 involved drunk driving, representing 31% of all traffic fatalities in the United States that year. Over the 2021 Saint Patrick’s Day holiday period specifically, 47 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States.

The LAPD reminds the community that alcohol is not the only substance that can cause impairment. Marijuana, prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may also impair. Do your research and understand how certain drugs may affect your driving ability.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.