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Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Saturday

Local law enforcement agencies across the county will "aggressively look” for impaired drivers in the next two weeks.

The Santa Monica Police Department will conduct a DUI checkpoint an undisclosed location Saturday evening.

Officers will look for drivers who show signs of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Those convicted of a DUI could face jail time, risk the loss of their drivers license, or be required to use ignition interlocks. DUI convictions also drive up insurance rates and incur legal fees.

In the past year, there were 12 drunk driving collisions in Santa Monica that left 19 people injured, according to police Lt. Jay Trisler.

"All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers," Trisler said.

Friday marks the beginning of a countywide end-of-summer DUI crackdown as law enforcement agencies plan two weeks of checkpoints and patrols. They're teaming up with the agencies across the state for the  "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign starting Aug. 17 and ending Labor Day on Sept. 3.

Local law enforcement agencies, as well as the California Highway Patrol, will "aggressively look" for impaired drivers during the two-week period.

"Obviously we want to remind everyone that it is illegal to drive impaired, and we hope the campaign will remind people that if they plan on drinking, to never get behind the wheel," said Avoid Representative and Glendora Lieutenant Rob Lamborghini in a press statement. "But if someone does choose to drive impaired, we will arrest them," he said.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.

Los Angeles County Summer DUI Checkpoint and Patrol Schedule

FRIDAY, AUG. 17

DUI Checkpoint: Glendale, Gardena, Pasadena, CHP, South L.A., North Hollywood (2), Hollywood

DUI Patrol: Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency (El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo and Torrance)

SATURDAY, AUG. 18

DUI Checkpoint: Burbank, Santa Monica, Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency, CHP, Baldwin Park

DUI Patrol: Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency (El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo and Torrance)

DUI Patrol: Devonshire area, Beverly Hills, San Gabriel, Lynwood

THURSDAY, AUG. 23

DUI Patrol: Hollenbeck Area

FRIDAY, AUG. 24

DUI Checkpoint: Bell Gardens, South Pasadena, North Hollywood Southwest Area, Norwalk, CHP, West L.A

Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency (Including the cities of Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Montebello, Downey, Whittier and Bell Gardens)

Avoid the 100 (West) – Hermosa Beach

DUI Patrol: Santa Monica

SATURDAY, AUG. 25

DUI Checkpoint: Beverly Hills, Long Beach, LAPD – Southeast Area, LAPD – Van Nuys Area

DUI Patrol: Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency (El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa

Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo and Torrance)

SUNDAY, AUG. 26

DUI Checkpoint: LAPD – Harbor Area

THURSDAY, AUG. 30

DUI Checkpoint: Pasadena, LAPD – Olympic Area

FRIDAY, AUG. 31

DUI Checkpoint: Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency (Glendale, South Pasadena, Pasadena, Burbank, San Marino, and San Fernando), West Covina

DUI Checkpoint: Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency in El Segundo (El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo and Torrance), Glendale, LASD Bellflower, South L.A., CHP, East L.A., Altadena, Santa Fe Springs, Antelope Valley

DUI Patrol: Gardena

SATURDAY, SEPT. 1

DUI Checkpoint: Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency – (Including officers from Baldwin Park, West Covina, Baldwin Park School Police, El Monte, Monrovia, Arcadia and Sierra Madre), CHP West Valley, LAPD – Central Area

DUI Patrol: Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency (Conducted in the cities of Glendale, South

Pasadena, Pasadena, Burbank, San Marino, and San Fernando), Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency (Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel,

Montebello, Downey, Whittier and Bell Gardens), Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency in El Segundo (El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates,

Redondo and Torrance), Gardena, Glendale, Long Beach, LASD location TBD

SUNDAY, SEPT. 2

DUI Patrol: Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency – (Including officers from Baldwin Park, West Covina, Baldwin Park School Police, El Monte, Monrovia, Arcadia and Sierra Madre), Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency in El Segundo (El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo and Torrance), Gardena, LAPD – Hollenbeck Area

MONDAY, SEPT. 3

MEP (Maximum Enforcement Period): CHP Southern Division, LASD location TBD

Karen Lynn Palermo August 23, 2012 at 04:43 AM
why is it public knowledge of the check points and when they will happen? in a way..it works, but for the rest of the nights? I do not like to drive past 8 pm anymore in town! -by the Pier

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