Los Angeles Police Department to hold DUI Checkpoints
What: DUI & Driver’s License Checkpoint
When: Friday, January 10, 2020, 8 P.M. to Saturday, January 11, 2020, 1 A.M.
Where: Western Avenue at 6th Street Los Angeles, California _________________________________________
What: Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint
When: Saturday, January 11, 2020, 8 P.M. to Sunday, January 12, 2019, 1 A.M.
Where: Nordhoff Street and Woodley Avenue North Hills, California _________________________________________
Sobriety Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and checking drivers for proper licensing.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. Last year, the LAPD investigated 1,728 DUI collisions which have claimed 17 lives and seriously injured another 65 community members.
The LAPD offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI:
• Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home. • See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home. • Report drunk drivers – Call 911. • Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who are drinking and how they are getting home.
Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the LAPD by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.