The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) encourages everyone attending holiday parties and gatherings where alcohol may be involved to use a designated sober driver.
This holiday season, from December 13, 2019, through the New Year, the LAPD will have more officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Through December 31, 2019, the LAPD has the following DUI-related enforcement activities scheduled:
Sunday, December 22, 2019
· DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to Midnight at Manchester Avenue and Harbor Freeway · DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to Midnight at Century Boulevard and Harbor Freeway · DUI Checkpoint from 8 PM to 1 AM at Roscoe Boulevard and Noble Avenue · DUI Checkpoint from 8 PM to 1 AM at Fairfax Avenue and Electric Drive · DUI Saturation Patrol from 9 PM to 3 AM in Central Area
Friday, December 27, 2019
· DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to Midnight at Florence Avenue and Broadway · DUI Checkpoint from 8 PM to 1 AM at Roscoe Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Avenue · DUI Checkpoint from 8 PM to 1 AM at La Brea Avenue and Oakwood Avenue
Saturday, December 28, 2019
· DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to Midnight at Vermont Avenue and Florence Avenue · DUI Checkpoint from 7 PM to Midnight at Alameda Street and 4th Street · DUI Checkpoint from 8 PM to 1 AM at Osborne Street and Laurel Canyon Boulevard
Sunday, December 29, 2019
· DUI Saturation Patrol from 4 PM to Midnight in 77th Street Area · DUI Saturation Patrol from 5 PM to 1 AM in North Hollywood Area · DUI Saturation Patrol from 5 PM to 2 AM in Southwest Area
Monday, December 30, 2019
· DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to Midnight at Sunset Boulevard and Coronado Street · DUI Saturation Patrol from 7 PM to 3 AM in Pacific Area
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
· DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to 1 AM Van Nuys Boulevard and Roscoe Boulevard
“Unfortunately, this time of year is when we see more people driving impaired,” Officer Don Inman said. “There is no excuse for driving after drinking or using drugs that impair. There are many ways to get home safely without driving.”
The LAPD reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.
So, if you are hosting a holiday party, offer non-alcoholic drinks for designated sober drivers and monitor how people are getting home. If someone has been drinking and tries to leave, offer to have them stay the night or take ride-share home.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.