DUI Checkpoints Return to Koreatown, Downtown

DUI Checkpoints Return to Koreatown, Downtown
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Some of you are probably still hung over from New Year's Eve (you know who you are).

But local authorities are unrelenting in their effort to eradicate drunk driving on Los Angeles area roads. There's no rest for the weary here.

The Los Angeles Police Department and other agencies will be quickly back on the DUI beat this weekend with checkpoints planned for Koreatown and downtown and elsewhere. Here's what we know:

-Tonight from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. a checkpoint will be running on Vermont Avenue at Fifth Street in scenic Koreatown.

-Tonight from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. an LAPD checkpoint will be waiting for you on Olympic Boulevard at Blaine Street near Staples Center downtown.

-Tonight from 7 p.m. to midnight an LAPD checkpoint will be awaiting your arrival at Central Avenue and 81st Street in South L.A.

-Saturday from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. the department will be operating a DUI checkpoint at Roscoe Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Avenue in beautiful Sun Valley.

-Sunday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. the LAPD will have extra patrol cars and motorcycles on the streets of its 77th Street Division area in South L.A. The department calls this a DUI "saturation patrol."

Finally, it's worth repeating why we bring you this information, because nearly every time we do someone accuses us of aiding and abetting drunk drivers. 

First, the law mandates that law enforcement agencies give you a heads up about checkpoints, since they're somewhat constitutionally vague, what with the whole unreasonable searches and seizures thing.

Additionally, the LAPD says that warning people about checkpoints actually persuades folks not to drink and drive because they know cops will be looking for them:

Research shows that traffic collisions involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

Be safe.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow L.A. Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.

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