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DUI Checkpoints This Halloween Weekend

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A DUI Checkpoint in the NoHo Arts District on New Year's Eve | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist
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With rain a possibility this Halloween weekend, the roads might be a little more treacherous with all the revelers and slick pavement. Naturally that means the LAPD have set up DUI checkpoints and heightened patrols throughout the weekend in an effort to ensure the roads are as safe as possible as we celebrate go about in our best sexy demon with balloons on the beach costumes.

While some people, including our beloved @LAScanner, may find that giving out advanced warning of DUI crackdowns is like giving out a cheat sheet to people breaking the law, studies have shown that publicizing them will 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 once 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."

Here's some of the DUI checkpoints and areas with saturation patrols this Halloween weekend:

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Friday:
- checkpoint at Vermont Avenue and 5th Street from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday:
- checkpoint at Olympic Boulevard and Blaine Street from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Sunday:
- saturation patrol in the Northeast Area from noon until 8 p.m.