Labor Day is coming, as well as DUI checkpoints in Los Angeles
It’s less than a week before huge celebrations begin. But Los Angeles Police Department is already warning citizens about strict punishment for driving in impaired state on Labor Day. The LAPD claims that giving warnings in advance can dissuade people from committing DUIs on weekend. The police officers are highly concerned about maintaining roads safe, as more than 1.100 people were arrested last year for DUI. 50 people died in traffic accidents on road.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last 2 years were the most dangerous for people on road during the Labor Day celebrations. During the 2014 Labor Day 40 percent of all traffic incidents involved drunk drivers, which is the highest rate for the last 5 years. Driving at night time is a double risk, as almost 80 percent of drunk-driving crashes took place between 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. Keeping in mind those statistics, LAPD has partnered with NHTSA to make roads safe from impaired drivers during the holiday.
According to the LAPD statement, their main priority is to make people understand that causing DUI is not only illegal, but also deadly. Most of people who died in DUI-connected accidents, were certain that they would arrive safely to their homes. “This is important to remember: do not trust yourself when you’re drunk”, pointed out Lieutenant Ferry of LAPD.
The police forces have prepared for Labor Day in time. DUI checkpoints started operating at last Thursday, August 25. More and more checkpoints will be added until Saturday, September 3. Moreover, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over runs from August 19 through September 5. It’s a national campaign, which shows zero tolerance for drunk or drugged drivers. Municipal Police Departments, County Sheriff Departments and the California Highway Patrol will scout streets of LA for this period to maintain safe traffic.
Here’s the full list of DUI checkpoints, both already operating and waiting to be set:
Thursday, August 25
- 2 saturation patrols will be waiting for the drivers – one in Pacific Area, second in Wilshire Area. Both work from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, August 26 – 4 checkpoints will be online
- DUI Checkpoint at Florence Avenue and Main Street – 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
- Checkpoint at La Brea Avenue and Melrose Avenue – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- One at Olympic Boulevard and Westlake Avenue – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- Last one will be located at Sepulveda Boulevard and Parthenia Street – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, August 27 – only one more additional checkpoint
- DUI/Driver License Checkpoint at La Brea Avenue and 20th Street – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday, August 28
- The saturation patrol will take place in Mission Area – 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Thursday, September 1, 2016 – expect 2 more police patrols
- The patrol in Hollenbeck Area – 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
- Another one in Olympic Area – 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday, September 2 – another 2 saturation patrols
- The patrol in Mission Area – 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Saturation patrol activity in Central Bureau – 6 m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, September 3 – in the last day of enforcement actions against DUI 3 more checkpoints will show up
- Checkpoint at Ventura Boulevard and Columbus Avenue – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- DUI/Driver License Checkpoint at Florence Avenue and Main Street – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- The last checkpoint will take place at Rosecrans Avenue and Menlo Avenue – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
LAPD reminds that the best thing to do to remain safe during Labor Day is to learn by heart all checkpoint and patrol locations. This will not only discourage you from committing DUI-connected crime, but also will help to get back home faster if you’re sober and clean. Los Angeles Police also made a list of tips, which will help citizens to avoid unwanted violations or accidents:
- It’s a good idea to plan a safe way home, before you start celebrating;
- Another prudent step is to designate a sober driver until beginning to drink;
- For designating a driver, you can use a free mobile app. This app can help finding bars or restaurants, which have discount offers for sober drivers. It also synchronizes with your Uber account to aid you in calling for a driver.
- It’s important to take care of others, not only think of yourself. If you know someone who is about to enter a vehicle while being impaired, take this person’s keys and help him make it to home.
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