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LAPD Chief Beck on Publicizing DUI Checkpoints: Bring It

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Chief Charlie Beck, right, poses with Captain Phillip Trotter, left, of Valley Traffic Division
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On New Year's Eve, LAPD's Valley Traffic Division hosted a party of its own in the NoHo Arts District. Located in the northbound traffic lanes on Lankershim Boulevard next to the Metro Red and Orange line stations was a license and sobriety checkpoint. New Year's revelers found themselves in slower than normal traffic as police stopped every fifth car (and any other suspicious ones) to check for a license and any signs of inebriation. LAist has a penchent for publishing these checkpoints--they have been weekly in the last few months--which has been cause for debate among readers. Some are very appreciative of the heads up, others fear it aids drunk drivers in getting away with it. To Chief Charlie Beck, who showed up New Year's Eve to support his rank and file officers, he's happy to see the publicity and answered a few questions of ours about it.

Why DUI checkpoints?

For Beck, the existence of checkpoints is about more than a handful of arrests, it's about a change in behavior. "That's what changes the way people think of their behavior and the consequences of that behavior so I'm very much in support of them," he explained. "And I support the publicity that surrounds them."