St. Patrick's Day DUI Crackdown Happens Tonight

St. Patrick's Day DUI Crackdown Happens Tonight
File photo by Colin Young-Wolff for L.A. Weekly

The luck of the Irish doesn't apply to drunk drivers.

After all, Patrick was a saint, not a sinner. He wouldn't want you killing anyone, and neither do we. The Los Angeles Police Department even got lyrical about it:

Saint Patrick's Day invokes images of shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold and good luck. Unfortunately, no amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash.

To that end, the LAPD wants to help you help yourself. The department and other law enforcement agencies are warning whiskey drinkers and other party-goers that cops will be on the hunt for drunks behind the wheel tonight.

They're even telling you where they'll be and when they'll be there. Here's the 411:

-From 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. an LAPD checkpoint will be awaiting your arrival at the hipster junction of Spring and Seventh streets downtown.

-From 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. a checkpoint will be rocking at Highland and De Longpre avenues along the southern exit from Hollywood clubland.

-From 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. there will be extra police on the streets of the LAPD's 77th Street Division of South L.A., a known bastion of Hibernophiles. Cops call this type of operation a DUI "saturation patrol."

-From 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. a saturation patrol will strike the luxurious communities patrolled by the LAPD's North Hollywood Division.

St. Patrick's Day DUI Crackdown Happens Tonight
File photo by Colin Young-Wolff for L.A. Weekly

-The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department will conduct DUI patrols in the cities of Malibu and Palmdale.

-From 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sheriff's deputies will be operating checkpoints at undisclosed locations in the cities of Bellflower and Pico Rivera.

-Long Beach police will conduct "roving DUI patrols" in their fair city.

-Burbank and Pasadena police will be "deploying" what they call "roving DUI patrols" in their respective bergs.

-If you're heading to San Diego, sheriff's officials there also warned of a 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. checkpoint in San Marcos.

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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