Patch reported that a driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint was scheduled for the Westlake Village area on Friday, November 21. The checkpoint will take place from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Pacific Standard Time at an undisclosed location within the city limits.
Officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated that checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired. During the checkpoint, deputies will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
“With the easing of stay-at-home restrictions and more bars and restaurants being allowed to open, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is committed to keeping the public safe,” a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department remarked.
The spokesperson continued, stating, “The safety of our community is and always will be our mission. We are still out there in the middle of a pandemic because driving under the influence is still dangerous and puts a further strain on critical resources.”
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials also noted that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving.