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DUI Checkpoint Tonight On Manchester Ave, Impound Changes

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Officers from the LAPD’s Crime Task Force / Driving-Under-the-Influence
Enforcement Detail, South Traffic Division will be setting up a Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint eastbound on Manchester Avenue tonight between Broadway Street and Figueroa Street from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The Los Angeles Police Department releases information regarding planned checkpoints 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. At the checkpoint they will be looking for proper licensing and signs of alcohol and or drug impairments.

Say the LAPD of their checkpoint campaign, "Although Southeast Division has experienced a fifty percent decrease in Driving Under the Influence related traffic collisions year to date as compared to 2010, three innocent lives have been lost. The checkpoint will serve as a reminder to the community of 77th Division to use designated drivers and not drink and drive. Our message is simple: if we catch you driving drunk, you will be arrested."

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Announced yesterday by the LAPD, here is an update to the vehicle impound protocol used during DUI checkpoint operations.:

During DUI checkpoints, officers may encounter unlicensed drivers. When these situations occur,officers will attempt to identify the registered owner of the vehicle. If the registered owner is present or is able to respond to the scene within a reasonable period of time, the vehicle will be released to the registered owner, providing he or she is a licensed driver. If the registered owner is unlicensed, the owner may authorize release of the vehicle to a licensed driver at the scene, and the unlicensed driver will be issued a citation. When the vehicle cannot be released to a licensed driver, the vehicle will be
impounded.