LAPD Announces Cinco De Mayo DUI Efforts

Fox Channel 11 Los Angeles News reported recently that the Los Angeles Police Department has announced a major effort to ramp up patrols on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in order to reduce the number of motorists driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants (DUI) on Cinco De Mayo, a Mexican holiday that has become one of the most dangerous days of the year for drunken driving. 

According to officials from the Los Angeles Police Department, extra officers will be patrolling on Los Angeles roads to safeguard motorists from drunken drivers who may drink too much at bars or restaurants, parties, or anywhere else. “The Los Angeles Police Department encourages the public to celebrate Cinco de Mayo responsibly by designating a sober driver,” they said in a statement released to the public. “Don’t ruin the celebrations by putting yourself and others at risk and driving impaired.”  

LAPD officials also noted that officers will be on the lookout for intoxication by other intoxicants, such as marijuana. Funding for the increased enforcement effort was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

It was confirmed that DUI enforcement operations Wednesday will include the following: 

  • A traffic checkpoint from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Manchester and Budlong avenues.
  • Additional patrols from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday in the Hollenbeck, Foothill, and Hollywood areas.  
  • Additional patrols from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday in the southeast area.

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