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Los Angeles DUI Checkpoint Watch 12/26/09 - 1/2/10

New Years Eve is here, and it's time to party. But when you close out 2009 with a bang, make sure you're making responsible decisions. The last thing you would want is to enter the new year with a DUI. The Los Angeles Police Departments is cracking down on drunk drivers with a series of checkpoints this weekend. Funding for these checkpoints comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Police have so far confirmed checkpoints at the following locations.

  • December 31: Hollywood Boulevard at Las Palmas Avenue, between 8:00 PM and 3:00 AM
  • January 1: South Figueroa Street between 8th and 9th streets, between 6:00 PM and 1:00 AM
  • January 2: Olympic Boulevard west of Cherry Avenue, between 7:00 PM and 12:30 AM

In addition to these scheduled DUI checkpoints, surrounding Los Angeles cities, such as Santa Monica, will be holding saturation patrols on New Years Eve. The city of Santa Monica will designate a large number of officers specifically to be on the lookout for drunk drivers with the saturation patrol.

Police hope that the checkpoints in Los Angeles will remind community members to use designated drivers and encourage people not to consume alcohol before driving. There are certain constraints law enforcement officers have when conducting sobriety and drivers license checkpoints (see earlier blog post "Los Angeles DUI Attorneys Analyze Sobriety Checkpoints"). If you feel that law enforcement officers didn't go through the right procedures to conduct a checkpoint or if you've been wrongfully arrested for a DUI, don't hesitate to contact a Los Angeles drunk driving lawyer.