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LAPD Announces Halloween Patrol, Weekend DUI Checkpoints

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It gets rowdy in L.A. on Halloween, and the LAPD isn't under the impression that this year's festivities will be any different.

The police department has announced the locations of Thursday night's "saturation" patrols and this weekend's DUI checkpoints.

"In an effort to keep the streets of Los Angeles safe on Halloween, the LAPD will have officers conducting traffic enforcement throughout the day, focusing on speed, right of way and pedestrian violations," the LAPD said in a statement.

Once the weekend rolls around, the DUI checkpoints will be in full force.

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Friday: Checkpoint on Sunset Boulevard at Ogden Drive, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. That's you, Hollywood.

Saturday: From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m, police will be checking drivers on Roscoe Boulevard at Gloria Avenue in North Hills.

The LAPD doesn't have to announce checkpoints, so you might run into checkpoints in other areas of the city. That's just another reason to not drink and drive. Be safe, and take a cab (or use Uber or Lyft) to get home.

The LAPD and other police agencies announce these checkpoints because it reminds would-be drunk drivers that officers are on the lookout for them. Publicizing the checkpoints can actually reduce incidents of drunk driving by 20 percent.