It's Time for Oscar Weekend DUI Checkpoints

It's Time for Oscar Weekend DUI Checkpoints
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You don't want to spend Oscar Sunday in the drunk tank. Thanking your agent from behind bars is not a good look.

The Los Angeles Police Department usually goes big on deployment during Academy Awards weekend. The world is watching.

Fortunately, the LAPD and other agencies have been nice enough to let you know that they will be hunting for suspects believed to be driving under the influence.

The LAPD argues that letting you know the details of its operations might dissuade you from getting behind the wheel after one too many awards-show after-party cocktails.

Which boldface names will end up in handcuffs? Inquiring minds want to know. Luckily, you won't be collared, because you're smarter than that.

Here's the 411, according to police:

-Tonight from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. a checkpoint will be running at one of the LAPD's favorite spots — Vermont Avenue and Fifth Street in Koreatown.

-Tonight from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Pasadena police will be operating a checkpoint at an undisclosed location in their city.

-Sunday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. extra cops will hit the streets of the LAPD's Van Nuys Division. The department calls this a "DUI saturation patrol."'

-Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight a checkpoint will be awaiting black-tie guests and other suspects on Ventura Boulevard at Columbus Avenue in Sherman Oaks.

Be safe.


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