LAPD Announces Tonight's DUI Checkpoints
The Los Angeles Police Department has announced the locations of tonight's DUI checkpoints.
One DUI checkpoint will be at Roscoe Boulevard at Sheldon Street in Sun Valley from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Another will be located at Roscoe Boulevard at Noble Avenue in North Hills from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The final checkpoint announced for tonight will be at Figueroa Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Los Angeles from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
The LAPD does not have to announce checkpoints, so you might run into checkpoints in other areas of the city. That is only one of a host of excellent reasons to not drink and drive. However, the LAPD and other police agencies do like to announce these checkpoints, because it reminds would-be drunk drivers that police officers are on the lookout for them. It may be counterintuitive, but the state has said that publicizing the checkpoints actually can actually reduce incidents of drunk driving by 20 percent.
LAPD Police Chief Police Beck told LAist back in 2010: "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."