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Not only will there be a saturation of police officers everywhere tonight, there will be at least two checkpoints set up, one in Hollywood and another in the NoHo Arts District.

From 8 p.m to 3 a.m., there will be a checkpoint at Hollywood Boulevard at Las Palmas Avenue. The Hollywood area has seen 163 DUI-related collisions along with 1,205 hit and runs this year.

Over in NoHo, Red & Orange line public transit goers (it runs all night, folks!) will witness another checkpoint at Lankershim and Chandler from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. This checkpoint will also be used as a big press conference for news agencies tonight.

Why have we seen so many DUI checkpoints in 2009? They help get drunks off the road, scare people from drinking and driving and drunk driving is problem that needs to be stopped. For example, in 2008 there were 7,952 intoxicated drivers arrested and 2,819 DUI-related collisions within the jurisdiction of Los Angeles.

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Have fun tonight and stay safe out there!