Dozens of law enforcement agencies throughout southern California will be on the lookout for impaired drivers this Labor Day weekend. Expect numerous DUI checkpoints throughout the Los Angeles area as well. The unofficial end of summer frequently means the beach, pool parties, BBQ's, and other social events. These occasions frequently include alcohol consumption. Alcohol related incidents increase over long holiday weekends, including alcohol related traffic accidents. Law enforcement officers are aware of this fact and will put all resources into arresting drunk drivers this weekend.
Maximum Enforcement Period
The California Highway Patrol will classify the increased Labor Day DUI patrols as a “maximum enforcement period” — during which 80 percent of the agency's officers hit the streets to catch drunk and impaired drivers, speeders, and other traffic violators. Other law enforcement agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, will also increase the number of officers on patrol over the weekend.
Common checkpoint locations in Los Angeles include Santa Monica Boulevard at Gower Street; Sunset Boulevard at Orange Grove Avenue; and Sunset Boulevard at Silver Lake Boulevard. Checkpoints are regularly held in the Valley at multiple locations, including Roscoe Boulevard at Gloria Avenue in North Hills and Ventura Boulevard at Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. Checkpoints along Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles are common on holiday weekends. Law enforcement agencies will frequently announce in advance where checkpoints will be held. The purpose of announcing locations is to deter people from drinking and driving. You can keep an eye on LAPD's website and the Los Angeles Patch website for information announcing DUI checkpoint locations.
You Can Get a DUI for Alcohol, Marijuana, or other Drugs
"In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes," according to an Inglewood Police Department statement to the LA Weekly before Labor Day weekend in 2017. "Inglewood P.D. supports the new effort from the [state] Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that 'DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze.' If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating-machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI."
With the legalization of recreational marijuana, law enforcement agencies have increased their training of officers to recognize marijuana and drug impaired drivers. Remember, you can get arrested for DUI even if you have not been drinking alcohol. If your ability to drive has been impaired by marijuana, illegal drugs, or even prescription drugs, you can get arrested and charged with DUI.
Avoid a DUI this Labor Day Weekend
The best advice to everyone is to avoid putting yourself in a position to get arrested for DUI in the first place. If you plan to drink or use marijuana or other drugs, avoid driving in the first place. Download the Uber and Lyft apps to your smartphone if you do not already have them. It's not worth the risk to drive when impaired. Even the penalties for a 1st DUI offense can be severe. If it is too late for you, a friend, or a family member, and you or they have already been arrested for DUI, CONTACT our office today. Berglund Law Office, P.C. specializes in representing those facing DUI charges.