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Cinco de Mayo: Here are the Planned LAPD Checkpoints

In honor of a holiday known as much for drinking as it is for being Mexican Independence Day (it’s not), Law Enforcement is planning to step up DUI enforcement to keep drunk drivers off the road. Courtesy of the Daily News, we have a list of four published locations

In addition to these checkpoints, they will also be conducting DUI sweeps, or “saturation patrols,” so plan ahead and make sure you have a sober driver. A cab or an IOU to a friend costs way less than a defense attorney.

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Saturation patrols will cover the Van Nuys area between 6 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday. They will also be patrolling South Los Angeles from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The checkpoints themselves will be operated as follows:

    • 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday
      Vermont Avenue and Sixth Street
      Hollywood Boulevard and Gower Street
    • 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday
      Cahuenga Boulevard and Broadlawn Drive
    • 7 p.m. Sunday to 3 a.m. Monday
      Imperial Highway and Main Street

These are just the locations of disclosed checkpoints. Most departments that have checkpoints keep the location a surprise for those who make the poor decision to drive drunk. There seems to be a handy Twitter feed of other departments' DUI checkpoints, though we cannot vouch for its accuracy.

Better choices include designated drivers, taxi cabs, drinking alone in your room while listening to My Chemical Romance, and FreeRideHome, an app and website providing exactly what you think it does.

Cinco de Mayo can be a heck of a lot of fun when you are crashing random freestyle rap parties in Chico, or getting culinary advice on Mexican food choices from a homeless person (we've all been there, right?) However, there's no quicker way to spoil the fun than to spend Seis de Mayo in the drunk tank, followed by a frantic search of this blog for advice on how to fight the charges.

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