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LAPD Announces Major Crackdown on Drunk Driving Between Now and Labor Day

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Between this weekend and Labor Day, Angelenos can expect to find DUI checkpoints run by the Los Angeles Police Department at just about any turn all over town. The LAPD announced that they are ramping up efforts to get impaired drivers off the streets, and to educate the public about the dangers of driving drunk.

Lieutenant Ron Katona, Traffic Coordination Section, Emergency Operations Division explained their current mission via an LAPD news release:

“All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we’re committed to ending the carnage, we’re intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads."

The effort isn't just happening within the LAPD; there will be DUI Driver’s License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

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“Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” said Lieutenant Katona. “Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life.”

The LAPD is sharing information about some planned checkpoints this weekend:

Friday, August 19, 2011
-Sobriety Checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Figueroa Street and 33st Street in Southwest Area
-Sobriety Checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Glenoaks Boulevard and Paxton Street in Foothill Area

Saturday, August 20, 2011
-Sobriety Checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Topanga Canyon Boulevard and San Jose Street in Devonshire Area
-Sobriety Checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Sunset Boulevard and Sutherland Street in Northeast Area

Sunday, August 21, 2011
-DUI Saturation Patrol from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Harbor Area

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As always, those who are headed out to drink are urged to plan ahead by securing a designated driver, taking a cab, or using public transit. The goal of the LAPD is to get people to think about the consequences of drinking and driving ahead of time, and make the choice to not get behind the wheel. Be safe, everyone!