Citywide DUI Crackdowns Finally Come to the Westside

A Southern California DUI checkpoint at sunset
A Southern California DUI checkpoint at sunset

When it comes to the Los Angeles Police Department's DUI crackdowns, the whiter, wealthier Westside often has often gotten a pass. Cops argue that the location of the drunk driving patrols and checkpoints was data-driven — targeted at areas with high incidents of DUI crashes. Westsiders don't, apparently, drink and crash as much. So that's the way the rum cookie crumbles.

But that doesn't mean the Westside is never in LAPD's sights. Lo and behold, a DUI checkpoint is coming to the Marina del Rey area tonight.

The LAPD reveals its anti–drunk driving operations with the hope that, knowing cops are on the hunt, you'll stay out of the driver's seat after one too many.

Here's what's in store for the weekend, courtesy of the department:

Tonight from 7 p.m. to midnight, there will be a checkpoint on the Westside — at Lincoln Boulevard and Maxella Avenue near Marina del Rey.

Tonight from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., a checkpoint will be awaiting your arrival on Western Avenue at Eighth Street in what is arguably the drinking epicenter of L.A.: Koreatown.

Tonight from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., a checkpoint will be up and running on Alvarado Street at Temple Street in Echo Park.

Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight, cops will be operating a checkpoint on Slauson Avenue at Menlo Avenue in South L.A.

Saturday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., a checkpoint will be happening on Sepulveda Boulevard and Parthenia Street in North Hills.

Sunday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., extra officers will hit LAPD's Topanga Division area of the San Fernando Valley in a hunt for drunk drivers.

Be safe.


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