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LAPD Holding Sobriety Checkpoint in South L.A. Tonight

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The Los Angeles Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety/Driver’s License checkpoint tonight as part of their ongoing campaign to remove dangerous drivers from the roads and educate the public on safety risks of driving under the influence. The checkpoint will be held from 6 p.m. tonight to 1 a.m. Sunday morning, westbound on Imperial Highway between Main Street and San Pedro Street in South Los Angeles.Say the LAPD in their notice to the media about tonight's checkpoint: Our message is simple: if we catch you driving drunk, you will be arrested.

At the checkpoint they will be looking for proper licensing and signs of alcohol and or drug impairment.

The LAPD regularly operate checkpoints as a means of heightening awareness of the dangers of impaired driving, and to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. The LAPD does not to publicize all their checkpoints, and may operate additional checkpoints this weekend. Other law enforcement agencies in areas not patrolled by the LAPD may also be running checkpoints.

If you're heading out tonight anywhere and plan to drink, be sure to have a designated driver, take public transit, or be prepared to call a cab. Be safe!

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For more on why the LAPD shares checkpoint schedules and locations with the media, see our 2010 interview with Chief Charlie Beck.