Summer comes with barbecues, cookouts, and numerous other gatherings where drinking is a common occurrence. Some call the summer season “DUI season” for this reason. Because summer sees a rise in DUIs, police often ramp up DUI checkpoints and patrols during the season.
The Los Angeles Police Department got their start of the summer DUI season early this year. Though summer doesn’t officially start until June 20, police began with checkpoints on June 3.
The Auto Club of Southern California places the cost of a DUI at about $16,000 throughout the life of the case. If charged, your summer could be over before it even gets started.
The LAPD, in an attempt to dissuade DUI drivers, released the checkpoints for DUI over the weekend, letting the population know that if they drink and drive, these checkpoints will catch them. The checkpoints over the first weekend in June included:
- LeBrea Avenue at Fairfax Avenue from 8 p.m. To 2 a.m. Friday night in the Fairfax District
- Sepulveda Boulevard at Parthenia Street in North Hills from 8 p.m. To 2 a.m. on Friday night
- On Saturday, a checkpoint was established at Vermont Avenue at 135th Street in LA’s slimmest community, Harbor Gateway from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m.
- Police ramped up patrols in the neighborhoods of Watts, Harbor Gateway, and parts of South L.A. on Sunday from Noon until 8 p.m.
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