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Sobriety Checkpoints Tonight, Saturday Night

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It's a holiday weekend, and like most weekends, the LAPD is out to yank drunk drivers off the streets. This weekend they've got two DUI checkpoints, scheduled for 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tonight the LAPD will be on North Fairfax Avenue at Melrose Avenue [map]. Saturday night they're at South Figueroa Street at West 33rd Street [map].

As always, the goal in sharing the information is not to help intoxicated drivers avoid being caught, but to work with the LAPD to promote the use of designated drivers and discourage driving under the influence, period. Sober motorists may wish to plan to re-route themselves at those times in order to ease traffic through the checkpoints, where drivers "will be stopped momentarily while an officer explains the reason for the checkpoint."