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Here Are Your Memorial Day Weekend DUI Checkpoints

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It's a holiday weekend in Los Angeles, which means some idiots will more than likely proceed to get behind the wheel after having one too many... and the LAPD will be out in full force apprehending drunk drivers. In anticipation of the upcoming festivities, the department released a partial list of DUI-related enforcement activities scheduled for the long weekend:

Friday, May 26

  • DUI/Driver License Checkpoint at Figueroa Street and Meridian Street in Highland Park from 8 P.M. to 1 A.M.
  • DUI/Driver License Checkpoint at Vermont Avenue and 6th Street in Koreatown from 8 P.M. to 1 A.M.
  • DUI/Driver License Checkpoint at Washington Boulevard and Yale Avenue in Marina Del Rey from 8 P.M. to 1 A.M.

Saturday, May 27

  • DUI Saturation Patrol, Central Bureau from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • DUI Saturation Patrol, Hollywood area from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • DUI/Driver License Checkpoint at Nordhoff Street and Woodley Avenue in North Hills from 8 P.M. to 1 A.M.
  • DUI/Driver License Checkpoint at Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Chatsworth Street in Chatsworth from 8 P.M. to 1 A.M.

Sunday, May 28

  • DUI Saturation Patrol, 77th Street area in South Los Angeles from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • DUI Saturation Patrol, Topanga area in the San Fernando Valley from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
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Locations of the checkpoints are subject to change or cancellation.

And before you panic about how we're helping drunk drivers get away with it, we'd like to remind you that the LAPD actually encourages media to publicize the checkpoints because awareness of them discourages drunk driving.

As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told LAist a few years ago, "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."

Furthermore, given the fear surrounding possible ICE checkpoints, we think it's helpful for readers to know what's what. Anyway, please don't drink and drive.