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Expect DUI Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols This Weekend

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The LAPD has announced a partial list of DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols for the weekend. The department is continuing its Vision Zero plan, "which is the City of Los Angeles goal of ending all traffic related collision deaths by 2025," notes the LAPD's press release.

"Over the past three years, there have been 7,048 DUI-related traffic collisions in Los Angeles, which have resulted in 60 fatalities and 2,818 injuries," the release continues. "The Los Angeles Police Department reminds everyone that they can assist in preventing this crime from ever occurring. If you are planning a gathering or celebration with alcohol included, or if you are out on the town, plan ahead and designate a non-drinking sober driver. A DUI or drug-impaired arrest can costs up to $10,000 or even more, including time in jail, the loss or your driver license and high insurance rates."

If you're wondering why the LAPD would announce their planned checkpoints and patrols, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told LAist, "People having foresight aren't the ones who are committing this crime. 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."

Given the fear surrounding ICE arrests Thursday and the immigration checkpoint hoaxes that circulated on social media last week, we think it's especially important to note the locations of planned DUI checkpoints.

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Friday, February 10
DUI Saturation Patrol: Central Bureau 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Sobriety & Driver's License Checkpoint: Ventura Boulevard at Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sobriety & Driver's License Checkpoint: Santa Monica Boulevard at Bronson Avenue in Hollywood from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sunday, February 12
DUI Saturation Patrol: North Hollywood area from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

As always, this is not a complete list of planned checkpoints and saturation patrols, and all locations are subject to change or cancellation.