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Remember To Drive Safe As Labor Day Nears: DUI Checkpoints For Upcoming Weekends

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There's about one more month of summer left, and revelers will want to get some partying done before the season's over. We get it—we like to paint the town red too.

Of course, your safety (and the safety of others) is never worth a night of drinking. So remember to call that Lyft or Uber if you're not sober. And, as if you need more reason to play it safe, here's a list of the DUI checkpoints that the LAPD will be conducting in the upcoming weekends:

Friday, August 26, 2016
Florence Avenue and Main Street, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
La Brea Avenue and Melrose Avenue, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Olympic Boulevard and Westlake Avenue, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Sepulveda Boulevard and Parthenia Street, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
La Brea Avenue and 20th Street, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016
Saturation patrol in Mission Area, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Thursday, September 1
Saturation patrol in Hollenbeck Area, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Saturation patrol in Olympic Area, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Why would we post up the location and times of these checkpoints? Would it not embolden inebriated drivers? Actually, studies show that giving people advance notice actually helps reduce drinking and driving. As Police Chief Charlie Beck has told LAist in the past, "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."

Of course, alcohol-related collisions are not uncommon. According to the DMV, from 2003 to 2013, California has seen more than 1000 alcohol-related driving fatalities each year. The danger is real, so stay safe out there.