The Los Angeles Police Department will continue to crack down on drunk driving this weekend with at least one planned DUI checkpoint for Friday night. This is part of an extensive effort for more CA DUI checkpoints in the Los Angeles metro area. Through a press release, the LAPD's Central Traffic division announced that there will be a sobriety checkpoint on April 16 at Eagle Rock Boulevard, just north of Avenue 41. LAPD officers will be conducting the checkpoint from 7:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
So if you're driving through Central Los Angeles on Friday, it would be best to designate a sober driver and avoid driving drunk. LAPD officers are reminding community members, "If we catch you driving drunk, you will be arrested."
However, law enforcers conduct DUI checkpoints not only to yield DUI arrests, but also to educate the community about drunk driving. Sobriety checkpoint operations are carried out in an effort to reduce the incident of injuries, death, and property damage associated with drunk driving.
Yet even with strict guidelines for checkpoints, individuals are sometimes wrongfully arrested for driving under the influence at Los Angeles DUI checkpoints. This is why it's so important to know your legal rights when proceeding through a checkpoint. Law enforcement officers have certain constraints when conducting sobriety and driver's license checkpoints; which we covered in an earlier blog post titled "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, you always have the legal right to a Los Angeles DUI attorney. Attorneys can help you avoid that DUI conviction and properly defend you in court.