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LAPD Announces Planned Sobriety & License Checkpoints and DUI Patrols For The Weekend

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The Los Angeles Police Department have released details about at least three of their planned checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols for this weekend. "Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough," notes the LAPD their news release.

Here's what they have planned:

North Hills Area: Sobriety & Drivers’ License Checkpoint Friday, January 6, 2012, 8 P.M. to Saturday, January 7, 2012, 2 A.M. Roscoe Boulevard at Noble Avenue, North Hills, California Southwest Area:
DUI Saturation Patrol
Saturday, January 7, 2012, 6 P.M. to Sunday, January 8, 2012, 2 A.M.

Newton Area:
DUI Saturation Patrol
Sunday, January 8, 2012, 12 - 8 P.M

At the checkpoints, motorists can expect officers to assess them for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, and to ask for proper licensing. The goal is to only keep motorists for a brief amount of time. But if you're busted, things aren't going to be pretty: "Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000."

Bottom line: Be smart! If you're headed out anywhere this weekend and become intoxicated, use a designated driver, take public transit, or call a cab.