The Los Angeles Police Department has released the locations of several DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for this weekend. The increased patrol presence will be targeting areas from Thursday night to early Monday morning.
The LAPD believes that DUI checkpoints are proven to deter people from driving under the influence, thereby lowering the number of people injured or killed in drug- or alcohol-related traffic accidents. Los Angeles police cite research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that when routinely conducted DUI checkpoints and patrols are publicized, traffic accidents that involve an impaired driver may be reduced by up to 20 percent. The efficacy of the checkpoints results in better enforcement of DUI laws than any other method of deterrence. In addition, the checkpoints save departments $6 for every $1 spent.
Officers will assess drivers for signs of being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol while checking licenses of drivers. Should an officer suspect an individual to be impaired, officers with special training will be on hand to assess the condition of the drivers suspected of being under the influence of drugs. The LAPD expects only a momentary delay to motorists. Almost 90 percent of drivers in California have expressed approval of the checkpoints.
According to a Los Angeles Police press release, 30 percent of motorists who become involved in fatal accidents have at least one, if not more, drugs in their systems. During a study involving those who actively drive, 14 percent had drugs in their system that could impair driving, while only 7.3 percent had alcohol.
In order to determine the best locations to patrol and/or set up checkpoints, police use statistics on accidents and arrests for DUI in particular locations. They increase their presence in spots that will offer the best opportunity to deter alcohol- or drug-impaired driving.
If arrested for DUI, drivers face not only time in jail, but also expenses including fees, fines and DUI classes that can be in excess of $10,000. Besides the monetary factor, motorists face having to tell family and friends that they were arrested for DUI.
The Los Angeles Police Department is paying for the checkpoints with a grant received from the California Office of Traffic Safety via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reminds everybody to report drunk drivers by calling 911. The following is a list of scheduled DUI patrols and checkpoints for this weekend.
DUI Saturation Patrols:
Thursday, November 6, 2014, starting at 4 p.m. and running until Friday, November 7, 2014, until 12 a.m. Focus on the Central Bureau.
Thursday, November 6, 2014, starting at 6 p.m. and running until Friday, November 7, 2014, until 2 a.m. Focus on the Olympic Area
Sunday, November 9, 2014, starting at 5 p.m. and running until Monday, November 10, 2014, until 1 a.m. Focus on the North Hollywood Area.
Driver’s License and Sobriety Checkpoints:
Friday, November 7, 2014, at 8 p.m. and running until Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 1 a.m. Located at Roscoe Boulevard and Noble Avenue in Panorama City
Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 8 p.m. and running until Sunday, November 9, 2014, at 1 a.m. Located at Sepulveda Boulevard and Vose Street in Van Nuys
The Los Angeles Police Department reminds motorists that checkpoints are subject to cancellation or change. Their ultimate goal is not to arrest as many impaired drivers as possible, but to deter them from getting behind the wheel in the first place.
By Jennifer Pfalz
Los Angeles Police Department