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Here Are Your MLK Weekend DUI Checkpoints

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We're heading into the first long weekend of the year. If you're planning an extra night of partying this weekend, be sure to do so responsibly. Lyft and Uber are always a good idea if you're going to drink—especially as heavy rains have created various safety hazards on the road.

"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," notes an LAPD press release announcing this weekend's DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols around the city. "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 cost up to $10,000 or even more, including time in jail, the loss of 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."

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Saturation Patrol: Pacific Area 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Friday, January 13, 2017
Sobriety & Driver's License Checkpoint: Vermont Avenue at 5th Street 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sobriety & Driver's License Checkpoint: Sepulveda Boulevard at Parthenia Street 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Sobriety & Driver's License Checkpoint: Laurel Canyon Boulevard at Osborne Street 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sobriety & Driver's License Checkpoint: Sunset Boulevard at Micheltorena Street 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sunday, January 15, 2017
DUI Saturation Patrol: Southeast Area 12 a.m. to 8 p.m.
DUI Saturation Patrol: Mission Area 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

"The DUI checkpoints are a strategy that the Los Angeles Police Department is committed to in supporting Vision Zero, which is the City of Los Angeles' goal of ending all traffic related collision deaths by 2025," the LAPD press release adds. "The DUI checkpoints bring a laser focus to communities where DUI traffic collisions are occurring that are preventable through education and enforcement."