Here Are All Your Memorial Day Weekend DUI Checkpoints
A holiday weekend is upon, and you know what that means—neighborhood barbecues you aren't invited to, mattress store sales and a slew of DUI checkpoints. Officer Jane Kim of the Los Angeles Police Department tells us that the LAPD will have a number of checkpoints in place over the weekend. Here's the rundown, according to Officer Kim:
Friday, May 27
- DUI checkpoint at Soto Street and 1st Street in Boyle Heights from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- DUI checkpoint at Santa Monica Boulevard and Bronson Avenue in Hollywood from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- DUI checkpoint at S. San Vicente Boulevard and Drexel Avenue in Beverly Grove from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, May 28
- DUI checkpoint at Ventura Boulevard and Columbus Avenue in Sherman Oaks from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- DUI checkpoint at Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Rinaldi Street in San Fernando from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- Overall DUI Saturation patrol in LAPD Central Bureau from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday, May 29
- Overall DUI Saturation patrol in Mission division from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Overall DUI Saturation patrol in Van Nuys division from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
And that's just the LAPD. According to our friends at the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, authorities plan to be out in full force over the long weekend, targeting drunk and drugged drivers at checkpoints "scattered across the southland." There will be an "enforcement blitz" across the county, kicking off Friday with Sheriff-led DUI/license checkpoints in West Hollywood and Paramount, according to a department press release.
The California Highway Patrol will also be in "maximum enforcement" mode across the state from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday, with all available officers patrolling roads and freeways.
This should go without saying, but please, please don't drive drunk.
According to the Department of Transportation, alcohol-impaired crashes account for nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths nationwide. The Sacramento Bee reports that 31 people died across the state in auto collisions during the 2015 Memorial Day weekend enforcement period.
And for anyone who is currently already halfway through drafting us an angry email about how we are somehow enabling drunk driving by publicizing DUI checkpoints, we would like to remind you that the LAPD has told us that publicizing these checkpoints actually decreases the number of drunk drivers on the road because it reminds people about the consequences of their actions.