Memorial Day Weekend DUI "Blitz" Starts Tonight

Memorial Day Weekend DUI "Blitz" Starts Tonight
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They'll be looking for you.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is calling its Memorial Day Weekend anti-DUI operations a "blitz." Sounds serious.

"Officers are targeting drunk or drugged drivers on this first holiday weekend of the summer driving season," the department said in a statement.

Sheriff's deputies, the Los Angeles Police Department, the California Highway Patrol and other agencies will be on full alert this weekend. So yes, get stupid. No, don't get behind the wheel when you're stupid. The CHP's maximum enforcement period starts at 6:01 tonight and lasts until 11:59 p.m. Monday.

The agency says 1,125 people were arrested for alleged DUIs during last year's Memorial Day Weekend. Let's not beat that this year.

Here's the 411 on DUI operations this weekend, according to area police agencies:  

-Tonight from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. an LAPD checkpoint will be happening at Soto and First streets in Boyle Heights.

-Tonight from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. a checkpoint will be waiting for you at San Vicente Boulevard and Drexel Avenue near Beverly Hills (!).

-Tonight from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. a checkpoint will be up-and-running at Santa Monica Boulevard and Bronson Avenue in party city — Hollywood.

-Tonight from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. a checkpoint will be awaiting your arrival at an undisclosed location in Pasadena.

-Tonight a DUI checkpoint will be running from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. at an undisclosed location in West Hollywood.

-Tonight a DUI checkpoint will be waiting for you at an undisclosed location in Paramount.

-Tonight extra cops will hit the streets of Lancaster. The sheriff's department and other agencies call this type of anti-DUI operation a "saturation patrol."

-Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. a checkpoint will be ready for you at Ventura Boulevard and Columbus Avenue in Sherman Oaks.

-Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. a checkpoint will be happening at Rinaldi Street and Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Sylmar.

-Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. a saturation patrol will grace the LAPD's Central Bureau area, which includes downtown, Boyle Heights, and neighborhoods just west and south of downtown.

-Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. a saturation patrol will hit the streets of the LAPD's Mission Division area.

-Sunday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. a saturation patrol will be taking place in the LAPD's Van Nuys Division area.

Be safe.


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