It's been a long, hot summer in Los Angeles, and local police are looking to wrap it up by unleashing a can of whoop-ass on drunk drivers.
The annual Labor Day weekend drunk-driver crackdown starts
a week two weeks early this year, with checkpoints and special patrols coming at you across Los Angeles starting tonight.
Expaineth the Los Angeles Police Department:
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is an 18-day, high-visibility campaign coordinated by the California Office of Traffic Safety to curb impaired driving and save lives. From August 21 to September 7 (Labor Day), law enforcement partners throughout Los Angeles County, the State of California and nationwide will have zero tolerance for drunk driving. The campaign seeks to drastically reduce the toll of drunk driving through heightened state and national public service announcements, checkpoints and increased deployment of officers on the road.
Here, then, is information that can help you avoid a costly ($15,000-plus) end-of-summer DUI case:
-Tonight from 7 p.m. to midnight a checkpoint will be up and running at Slauson and Vermont avenues in South L.A.
-Tonight from 7 p.m. to midnight a checkpoint will be waiting for you at Florence Avenue and Main street in South L.A.
-Tonight from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. cops will be operating a checkpoint on Fairfax Avenue and Fifth Street in the Fairfax District.
-Tonight from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. a checkpoint will be running on Figueroa and Ninth streets near Staples Center.
-Tonight from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. a checkpoint will be up at an undisclosed location in Malibu.
-Additionally, tonight, there will be checkpoints in Alhambra, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Montebello, Pomona, Los Angeles' Westside and Palmdale. DUI patrols also will hit Azusa, Downey, Gardena, Glendora, Monterey Park, Pasadena, Pomona, Santa Monica, the Antelope Valley and more.
-Saturday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. a checkpoint will be awaiting your arrival on Roscoe Boulevard and Amestoy Avenue in Northridge.
-Saturday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. the LAPD will be operating a checkpoint on Victory Boulevard annd Bellaire Avenue in North Hollywood.
-Saturday there will be extra cops on the streets of the LAPD's 77th Street Division area of South L.A. The department calls it a DUI "saturation patrol."
-Saturday from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Long Beach police will be conducting DUI saturation patrols.
-Additionally, on Saturday, checkpoints will be happening in Glendale, La Verne, San Gabriel and Altadena. Saturation patrols will strike in Azusa, Gardena, Glendora, Redondo Beach and more.
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-Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. a saturation patrol will be rocking the world of the LAPD's Southwest Division area, which includes communities from USC to Baldwin Hills.
-Sunday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. a saturation patrol will hit the streets of North Hollywood.
-Sunday a saturation patrol will hit the streets of Glendora.