A coalition of cops throughout Los Angeles is preparing for a huge holiday DUI crackdown.
It gets into high gear this weekend with dozens of checkpoints throughout the area. The Los Angeles County DUI Coalition calls it the Winter Holiday DUI Campaign.
It lasts for 17 days, through New Year's weekend, authorities say, and includes 38 checkpoints and 54 saturation patrols in which extra units will hit the streets in search of drunk drivers.
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“It’s time for all drivers to get the message,” said Glendora Police Chief Tim Staab. “Impaired driving is a choice you make, and when you make that choice, people get hurt or die.”
Here's the 411, according to the L.A. County DUI Task Force:
-Tonight there will be DUI checkpoints in the following cities and communities: Alhambra, Arcadia, Azusa, Claremont, Culver City, Gardena, Glendale, Glendora, Pasadena (7 p.m. to 3 a.m.), Pomona, Redondo Beach, South Gate, Torrance, Whittier, South L.A., Newhall, Santa Fe Springs, LAPD's Southwest Division area, LAPD's Wilshire Division area, Compton and Malibu.
-Tonight DUI saturation patrols will strike in the following areas: Culver City, Glendora, Monterey Park, Pomona, central Los Angeles, LAPD's Central Bureau area (downtown and beyond), LAPD's Foothill Division area.
-Saturday checkpoints will be waiting for you in Bell, Burbank, El Monte, Long Beach, San Gabriel, Santa Monica, Hollywood, West Hollywood (from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.) and LAPD's Topanga Division area.
-Saturday saturation patrols will be seen in West Hollywood, Azusa, Culver City, Pomona, Whittier, Baldwin Park, West L.A., LAPD's 77th Street Division area, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hawthorne, Inglewood and Redondo Beach.
-Sunday checkpoints will be running in Huntington Park and LAPD's Central Division (downtown) area.
-Monday there will be a checkpoint somewhere in LAPD's Rampart Division area (west and northwest of downtown).
If you think that's a lot of action, law enforcement is barely getting warmed up. The CHP's holiday Maximum Enforcement Period doesn't even start until Christmas Eve.
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