The City of West Hollywood announced on its website on Wednesday that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LACSD) will be conducting a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location on Friday, July 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 2 a.m.
City officials say that publicizing DUI checkpoints in advance is not only to remove intoxicated drivers from our streets and freeways but also to increase public awareness of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.
The LACSD West Hollywood Stations Community Impact Team (CIT) actively patrols the many bars, nightclubs, lounges, restaurants, hotels, and other venues that serve alcoholic beverages to the public. The Sheriff Station’s Entertainment Policing Team focuses its efforts on entertainment venues and special events. The LACSD and the City of West Hollywood also work collectively with area businesses on issues regarding alcohol and alcohol consumption.
The LACSD and the City of West Hollywood offer the following safety tips:
- Even one drink can cause someone to become impaired.
- If you drink or consume marijuana, do not get behind the wheel. Choose a designated driver.
- If you see someone who is impaired, do not let them drive, and do not get into a vehicle with them.
- If you see an impaired driver, contact law enforcement. You could be saving someone’s life.
For those who have been out partying, the City of West Hollywood offers a free alternative to driving with The PickUp service. The PickUp operates on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. and on Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The service runs along Santa Monica Boulevard in a four-mile loop with 15 stops in each direction between N. Robertson Boulevard and N. La Brea Avenue and usually arrives at stops every 15 minutes. To use this free service, visit The PickUp online at www.wehopickup.com.
Funding for the upcoming checkpoint is provided through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.