On Thursday, Spectrum News1 reported that the Los Angeles Police Department announced a series of DUI checkpoints that will be set up around the Greater Los Angeles area for February.
A recent report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that traffic fatalities in 2021 had increased 12% compared to 2020. According to the report, the most significant cause of the fatal crashes were drivers who got behind the wheel while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the LAPD said that it would also be increasing saturation patrols to look for intoxicated drivers.
According to the announcement, the purpose of the DUI checkpoints is “…not to make arrests but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired. During the checkpoints, officers will be looking for signs of impairment by alcohol and/or drugs.”
The dates and locations of the DUI checkpoints are:
- Friday, February 4, at Figueroa St .and 9th St. from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Saturday, February 5, at Whittier Blvd. and Fresno St. from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Saturday, February 5, at Cahuenga Blvd. and Broadlawn Dr. from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 9, at Santa Monica Blvd. and Bronson Ave. from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Dates and locations of LAPD saturation patrols will be at the following locations:
- Thursday, February 3, in the Pacific Area from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Friday, February 4, in the Rampart Area from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
- Sunday, February 6, in the Van Nuys Area from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Officers will be looking for those driving under the influence of alcohol and those impaired by recreational marijuana, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs. Drivers who choose to get behind the wheel while impaired may lose their license and face a fine of up to $13,500 plus court costs.