The L.A. County Sheriff's Department says an end-of-summer DUI crackdown, involving the California Highway Patrol and local police, is coming to a roadway near you.
The fun starts today and lasts through the end of Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2, according to the department. While the crackdown involves extra patrols on the street, there will also be DUI checkpoints waiting for you this weekend in Malibu, Santa Monica and La Mirada (info on the next page). Sayeth the sheriff's department:
During the crackdown period, there will be an increase in law enforcement presence on the roads, including additional officers and DUI checkpoints throughout the state, and those caught driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested.
–Tonight from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. there will be a DUI checkpoint set up somewhere in Malibu, deputies say (they're not telling us exactly where).
-Also tonight: Santa Monica police will have a drunk-driver checkpoint operating “at an undisclosed location within the city limits,” according to a statement from that city's cops.
–Saturday starting at 8 p.m. there will be a checkpoint somewhere in lovely La Mirada, sheriff's officials say. They're not saying where. And they're not saying how long it will last.
Be careful out there.
[Update at at 11:13 a.m.]: As part of the same end-of-summer crackdown, the LAPD this morning announced the following DUI checkpoints for the weekend:
–Tonight from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. a checkpoint will be rocking at Vermont Avenue and Sixth Street in scenic Koreatown.
–Tonight from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. there will be a checkpoint at Slauson Avenue and Olive Street in panoramic South L.A.
–Tonight from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. the LAPD will be looking for drunk drivers at Sepulveda Boulevard and Raymer Street in lovely Van Nuys.
–Tonight, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., the LAPD will have extra cops on the streets south of downtown, in the department's Newton Division area of South L.A., in an effort to bust drunk drivers. They call it a “saturation patrol.”
–Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. the LAPD will have a checkpoint set up at Van Nuys Boulevard and Haddon Avenue in bucolic Pacoima.
–Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. there will be a checkpoint waiting for you at Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside Drive in happy Los Feliz.
–Sunday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. there will be extra, DUI-focused patrols in the LAPD's Foothill Division area of the San Fernando Valley.
You are up-to-date.