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As Part of End-of-Summer Drunk Driving Crackdown, Authorities Holding Several Checkpoints This Weekend

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Recently the Los Angeles Police Department announced a crackdown on drunk driving, with an intensified period of focus on getting drivers under the influence off the streets through the Labor Day long weekend. Several other regional law enforcement agencies are also similarly focused this weekend and next, as part of an ongoing campaign to educate drivers about the dangers of getting being the wheel while intoxicated.

The LAPD have provided some information about planned checkpoints for this weekend, which are as follows:

Friday, August 26, 2011
- Sobriety Checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Figueroa Street and 9th Street in Central Area;
- Sobriety Checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Manchester Avenue and Broadway in Southeast Area;
- Sobriety Checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Sunset Boulevard and Hoover Street in Northeast Area;

Saturday, August 27, 2011
- DUI Saturation Patrol from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. in West Los Angeles Area.

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Other publicized checkpoints include ones Friday in Hawthorne, South Pasadena, and in the Santa Clarita area.

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!