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Friday, February 19, 2021

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Los Angeles Police Department to Conduct DUI Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols

Friday, February 19, 2021

• DUI Saturation Patrol from 6 PM to 2 AM in Northeast Area

Saturday, February 20, 2021

• DUI Saturation Patrol from 6 PM to 2 AM in Southeast Area
• DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to 11 PM at Florence Boulevard and Central Boulevard
• DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to 11 PM at Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and Grand Avenue
• DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to 11 PM at Sunset Boulevard and Orange Grove Avenue

Sunday, February 21, 2021

• DUI Saturation Patrol from 5 PM to 1 AM in West Valley Area
• DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to 11 PM at Manchester Avenue and Main Street

Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired. During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

As the state continues to work to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is committed to keeping the public safe.

"The safety of our community is and always will be our mission," Commander Woodyard, Commanding Officer, Traffic Group, said. "We are still out there looking for impaired drivers because driving under the influence is still dangerous."

The LAPD reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or" operating heavy machinery," which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home. Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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