You may have noticed that we haven't published lists of checkpoints for the last few weeks. It's not because we're slacking; the checkpoints are lacking. (Cue the instrumental.)
After an explosion of pre-published DUI checkpoints on and around Labor Day, the lists of planned DUI enforcement efforts have trickled to a stop. The last known LAPD checkpoint was on September 27, or nearly a full month ago. We reached out to the LAPD's newsroom, but have yet to hear back.
The lack of checkpoints is definitely a mixed blessing. While some will bemoan the reduced deterrent effect on drunk drivers and the lack of gossip surrounding celebrity DUI arrests, others will rejoice in the idea that constitutionally-questionable checkpoints that are arguably ineffective in actually arresting drunk drivers have been seemingly halted.
Until now, that is. Though it is likely only happening for the pre-Halloween weekend, here is the list of planned checkpoints, courtesy of PRWeb:
- Arcadia - Friday, October 26, 2012 - undisclosed time and location;
- Oxnard - Friday, October 26, 2012 - 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location;
- Redlands - Friday, October 26, 2012 - 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Brookside Avenue at Grant Street;
- Costa Mesa - Friday, October 26, 2012 - 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location;
- Santa Ana - Friday, October 26, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. near 1000 E. Fourth Street;
- Santa Barbara - Friday, October 26, 2012 - undisclosed time somewhere near Lompoc.
Drivers should also expect DUI enforcement efforts on Saturday and on Halloween itself, which is the following Wednesday. These enforcement efforts could take the form of checkpoints or saturation patrols.
Enforcement or not, it is always a bad idea to drive after drinking. Many people will be out celebrating this weekend. Plan ahead with a group of friends to carpool with a sober driver.
- Consult a Los Angeles DUI Attorney (FindLaw)
- Field Sobriety Tests: Do I Have To? Should I? (FindLaw's Los Angeles DUI Blog)
- 25 Years Later: Ingersoll v. Palmer's Checkpoint Guidelines (FindLaw's Los Angeles DUI Blog)
- Upcoming Supreme Court Case Could Ban Forced Blood Draws (FindLaw's Los Angeles DUI Blog)