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DUI Checkpoints For The Super Bowl Weekend Crackdown
If you're cheering for the Broncos or Seahawks this weekend during the Super Bowl, you might want to think twice about chugging all that beer and getting behind the wheel. There's a major DUI crackdown in L.A. for the big game weekend.
While some people think that announcing sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols allow drunk drivers to get away with their dangerous actions, research shows that publicizing these checkpoints actually decrease the number of drunk drivers on the road.
"People having foresight aren't the ones who are committing this crime," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told LAist. "People who are thinking ahead aren't the ones that this checkpoint is likely to catch. I think that the publicity surrounding these things is so important that if you give a couple of locations, that's fine."
While we're all familiar with DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols mean there will be more police officers circling the neighborhoods looking for drunk drivers—and it looks like there will be plenty of that.
Here are the checkpoints and patrol areas that have been announced:
Saturday, February 1
The first saturation patrol kicks off in the North Hollywood area from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
There will be a sobriety checkpoint in Reseda on Reseda Blvd. between Saticoy and Shermany Way from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday, February 2
There will be more police officers in downtown's Central Bureau area from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
And another saturation patrol will take place through the West Valley Area from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The 77th area will see an influx of cops on the streets from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
There will also be a saturation patrol in the Hollywood area from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Remember, the police will be cracking down on DUIs in other areas that just haven't been disclosed. In 2012, there were 10,322 people who died nationally in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, according to a statement from the LAPD. Be safe out there because it's never safe to drink and drive.