As summer winds down, Southern California law enforcement agencies are stepping up DUI enforcement, resulting in thousands of arrests across the region.
More arrests were expected over Labor Day weekend as more officers and deputies were expected to be on the road, patrolling for drunken drivers.
More than 115 local police departments across California have added extra sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols as part of the national “Summer/Labor Day Avoid DUI Campain,” which began on Aug. 16 and will run until Monday, Sept. 2.
During the first 13 days of the crackdown, 1,546 Californians were arrested for driving under the influence, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release Thursday. This is a slight increase from 2012, where 1,418 arrests were made during the same period of time.
“The end of summer and Labor Day weekend is traditionally a time to have fun,” said Chief Phillip L. Sanchez of the Pasadena Police Department, one of the participating agencies. “Don’t let it turn into a time of tragedy or jail visit by driving impaired by alcohol or drugs. We will be out looking for those making that unwise and dangerous choice.”
Over Labor Day weekend in 2011, 138 people were killed nationwide in drunk driving accidents, 83 percent of which occurred at night, LAPD reported.
A DUI conviction can result in up to $10,000 in fines, legal fees, insurance increases, the L.A. department warned.
Listed below are the times and locations of LAPD sobriety checkpoints for the weekend.
Friday, Aug. 30
- Checkpoint in 77th Street Area at Florence Avenue and Main Street Avenue – 6 p.m. to midnight
- Checkpoint in West Valley Area at Roscoe Boulevard and Gloria Avenue – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 31
- Checkpoint in Devonshire Area at Topanga Boulevard and Devonshire Street – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- Checkpoint in Northeast Area at Sunset Boulevard and Fountain Avenue – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- Checkpoint in Rampart Area at Olympic Boulevard and Lake Street – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- DUI Saturation Patrol in 77th Street area – 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.