The Los Angeles Police Department has announced continuous saturation patrols and over a dozen DUI checkpoints through New Year's Eve. The patrols and checkpoints started on Friday evening, December 27. The California Highway Patrol will also be operating a "maximum enforcement period" during the same time. During this period all available CHP officers will be deployed on patrol operations looking for motorists who are driving impaired or violating traffic laws. These are also called "saturation patrols," which LAPD officers will be doing as well.
DUI arrests are typically higher than average during the Christmas/New Years time period. The announcement of DUI checkpoints is done to help deter motorists from driving while drunk or impaired (as we discuss on our DUI checkpoints page, advance publicity is one factor in determining whether a checkpoint is legal). Not all of the specific checkpoint locations are announced, however LAPD has released specific information for a good number of locations, including:
Saturday, December 28, 2019
· DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to Midnight at Vermont Avenue and Florence Avenue
· DUI Checkpoint from 7 PM to Midnight at Alameda Street and 4th Street
· DUI Checkpoint from 8 PM to 1 AM at Osborne Street and Laurel Canyon Boulevard
Sunday, December 29, 2019
· DUI Saturation Patrol from 4 PM to Midnight in 77th Street Area
· DUI Saturation Patrol from 5 PM to 1 AM in North Hollywood Area
· DUI Saturation Patrol from 5 PM to 2 AM in Southwest Area
Monday, December 30, 2019
· DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to Midnight at Sunset Boulevard and Coronado Street
· DUI Saturation Patrol from 7 PM to 3 AM in Pacific Area
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
· DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to 1 AM Van Nuys Boulevard and Roscoe Boulevard
In its recent press release announcing the holiday DUI enforcement, the LAPD reminded the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and illicit drugs.
If you drink alcohol or use drugs of any kind, do not drive. There are plenty of other options available, including ride share services (Uber and Lyft), taxis, and even AAA's Tipsy Tow on New Year's Eve. Berglund Law Office, P.C. wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year.