LAPD to Conduct DUI Checkpoints & Saturation Patrols

According to a recent announcement appearing on the LAPD Online website, the Los Angeles Police Department announced its plans to conduct DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols from Thursday through Sunday.

The Law enforcement agency announced its plans to ramp up enforcement in an effort to reduce the number of DUI incidents and arrests in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The increased enforcement period is set to begin Thursday, January 18, from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. in the Hollenbeck area.

On Friday, January 19, LAPD will be holding DUI checkpoints in the following areas:

  • At the Intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Thayer Avenue from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 
  • At the intersection La Brea Avenue and Obama Boulevard from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 
  • At the intersection of Western Avenue and 8th Street from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 

On Saturday, January 20:

  • At the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Union Avenue from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 

On Sunday, January 21, the LAPD will have saturation patrols in the Foothill Area from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

DUI checkpoint locations are selected based on data showing previous incidents of impaired driving involving a crash or arrests. The primary purpose of DUI checkpoints are to ensure public safety and to educate motorists on the dangers of driving while intoxicated. 

A DUI citation is not just related to alcohol. Some prescription and even over the counter drugs can also cause impairment. While marijuana is considered legal for recreational use, it is illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana or other cannabis products. 

Drivers facing a DUI charge can expect to pay $13,500 in fines and penalties and the loss of driving privileges for one year – even if it is a first-time offense.

Funding for this program was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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