The Los Angeles Police Department held two DUI checkpoints last night. One checkpoint was at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Maxella Avenue near Marina del Rey. The other was at the intersection of Vernon Avenue and Avalon Boulevard in South Los Angeles. Both checkpoints began operating at 8 p.m. and continued until around 1 a.m. Saturday. LAPD officers will conduct DUI saturation patrols throughout the weekend. Although this is not a holiday weekend, officers are on heightened alert during the summertime as many people celebrate being on vacations from work and school. Celebrations, of course, often involve alcohol consumption.
The heightened enforcement may also be the result of another tragic DUI accident earlier this week. Two people were killed in a fiery crash on the 605 Freeway when their vehicle was struck by car driven by a man with a prior DUI conviction. A 52-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were killed. The crash occurred around 1 a.m. Monday, July 16. A 2006 Infiniti M45 sedan collided with a disabled 1999 Ford Windstar in the No. 3 lane of the 605 Freeway near Rosecrans Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The driver of the Infiniti was charged with two counts of murder and driving under the influence within 10 years of another DUI offense. He could could face up to 44 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.