The Los Angeles Police Department wants you to know that celebrating the holiest of seasons is cool, so long as you don't get behind the wheel after a few too many eggnogs or whatever it is you people drink.
The department says that warning you about anti-DUI operations can actually scare you into taking a taxi. The LAPD says this information actually reduces drunk driving.
Several holiday DUI checkpoints and patrols (see the details below) will await you from tonight through New Year's Eve. But that's not the half of it.
Sgt. Sean Karmody explains:
In addition to DUI/drivers license checkpoints, you will also see officers conducting an increased number of traffic stops during this highly visible enforcement period. If officers suspect anyone is driving while under the influence, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving.
Yep. Here's the 411:
-Tonight from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. the LAPD will swarm the streets of its Hollywood Division area with extra patrol cars and motorcycle units. The department calls it a DUI "saturation patrol."
-Friday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. the department will hit the streets of its Central Bureau area with a saturation patrol. The area includes Westlake, downtown, Echo Park, Boyle Heights, Highland Park, Eagle Rock and more.
-Friday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. a DUI checkpoint will be waiting for you on Western Avenue and Eighth Street in Koreatown.
-Friday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. the LAPD will be running a checkpoint at Ventura Boulevard and Columbus Avenue in Sherman Oaks.
-Friday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. a saturation patrol will bee happening in the LAPD's Mission Division area of the Valley.
-Friday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. the L.A. Sheriff's Department will be operating a checkpoint somewhere within the city of Bellflower (they're not saying exactly where).
-Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. a DUI checkpoint will be expecting you at Sunset Boulevard and Genesee Avenue in Hollywood.
-Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. a DUI saturation patrol will be looking for drunk drivers in the 77th Street Division area of South L.A.
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-Sunday from 7 p.m. to midnight there will be a checkpoint on La Brea Avenue and Coliseum Street in South L.A.
-Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. a saturation patrol hit the streets of the LAPD's Harbor Division area, which includes San Pedro, Wilmington and parts of Harbor Gateway.