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L.A. County DUI Checkpoint Campaign Launches Friday

County law enforcement will conduct sobriety checkpoints and DUI patrols during the two-week campaign.

Friday marks the beginning of a summer DUI crackdown as law enforcement agencies across the county host DUI checkpoints and patrols.

The Los Angeles County Avoid the 100 DUI Task Force joins law enforcement agencies throughout the state for the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign starting Aug. 17 and ending Labor Day on Sept. 3.

The annual summer campaign targets the spike in DUI's and alcohol-related car accidents during the summer months, according to an Avoid the 100 press release.

In 2010, 791 people died in California in alcohol-related accidents, when the driver had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, according to California Office of Traffic Safety. The highest percentage of alcohol-related car accidents involved motorists 21 to 24 years of age, according to statistics.

Local law enforcement agencies, as well as the California Highway Patrol, will be "aggressively looking" for impaired drivers during the two-week period.

Those convicted of a DUI could face jail time, risk the loss of their drivers license, or be required to use ignition interlocks. DUI convictions also drive up insurance rates and incur legal fees.

"Obviously we want to remind everyone that it is illegal to drive impaired, and we hope the campaign will remind people that if they plan on drinking, to never get behind the wheel," said Avoid Representative and Glendora Lieutenant Rob Lamborghini in a press statement. "But if someone does choose to drive impaired, we will arrest them."

Summer DUI Checkpoint and Patrol Schedule

Friday, Aug. 17

DUI Checkpoint – Glendale, Gardena, Pasadena, CHP, South L.A., North Hollywood (2), Hollywood

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency (El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo and Torrance)

Saturday, Aug. 18

DUI Checkpoint – Burbank, Santa Monica, Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency, CHP, Baldwin Park

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency (El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo and Torrance)

DUI Patrol – Devonshire area, Beverly Hills, San Gabriel, Lynwood

Thursday, Aug. 23

DUI Patrol – Hollenbeck Area

Friday, Aug. 24

DUI Checkpoint – Bell Gardens, South Pasadena, North Hollywood Southwest Area, Norwalk, CHP, West L.A

Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency (Including the cities of Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Montebello, Downey, Whittier and Bell Gardens)

Avoid the 100 (West) – Hermosa Beach

DUI Patrol – Santa Monica

Saturday, Aug. 25

DUI Checkpoint – Beverly Hills, Long Beach, LAPD – Southeast Area, LAPD – Van Nuys Area

DUI Patrol - Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency (El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa

Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo and Torrance)

Sunday, Aug. 26

DUI Checkpoint – LAPD – Harbor Area

Thursday, Aug. 30

DUI Checkpoint – Pasadena, LAPD – Olympic Area

Friday, Aug. 31

DUI Checkpoint – Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency (Glendale, South Pasadena, Pasadena, Burbank, San Marino, and San Fernando), West Covina

Friday, Aug. 31

DUI Checkpoint Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency in El Segundo (El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo and Torrance), Glendale, LASD Bellflower, South L.A., CHP, East L.A., Altadena, Santa Fe Springs, Antelope Valley

DUI Patrol – Gardena

Saturday, Sept. 1

DUI Checkpoint –Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency – (Including officers from Baldwin Park, West Covina, Baldwin Park School Police, El Monte, Monrovia, Arcadia and Sierra Madre), CHP West Valley, LAPD – Central Area

DUI Patrol – Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency (Conducted in the cities of Glendale, South

Pasadena, Pasadena, Burbank, San Marino, and San Fernando), Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency (Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel,

Montebello, Downey, Whittier and Bell Gardens), Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency in El Segundo (El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates,

Redondo and Torrance), Gardena, Glendale, Long Beach, LASD location TBD

Sunday, Sept. 2

DUI Patrol - Avoid the 100 (East) Multi-Agency – (Including officers from Baldwin Park, West Covina, Baldwin Park School Police, El Monte, Monrovia, Arcadia and Sierra Madre), Avoid the 100 (West) Multi-Agency in El Segundo (El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo and Torrance), Gardena, LAPD – Hollenbeck Area

Monday, Sept. 3

MEP (Maximum Enforcement Period) – CHP Southern Division, LASD location TBD

Tim Sole August 23, 2012 at 03:34 AM
John, I spend a lot of time in airports. Nature of the job. I have seen the best and worst of law enforcement in the line going through security. In Boston, I watched a man berate a homeland security officer over wanting to have his daughters and wife go through a scanning process in their Burqas. Being a Marine, not so lean or mean anymore, I was really burnt that he got away that. To me that law enforcement officer needs fired for not doing his job and what exactly was that guy hiding. I have also watched an elderly lady in her 90's at Dallas/ Fort Worth airport get shaken down, when she could barely get out of her wheel chair. Again, that homeland security officer should be fired, common sense, must come into play. I did get shaken down that day, because I spoke up about the elderly lady. Good with that. So you know what this has to do with our conversation, the perception on the street right now against law enforcement, is that they are a revenue generating organization. Being able to hold a legal checkpoint, and having to take responsibility for the public's reaction goes hand in hand. The bad news is, it's not the criminal type that now believe the police are corrupt, it's the folks that use to see them as heroes. So, security, safety and liberty go hand in hand. When you lose the respect of the general public, the government (police) loses the ability to respond to a issue without being seen as trying to create revenue.
John B. Greet August 23, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Thanks, Tim, and all of your points are well-taken from airport security inconsistency and ineptitude to the perception of some about law enforcement. Inconsistency and ineptitude in security measures simply argues for less of both of those, not a suspension or cessation of the measures themselves. We did not always need these levels of screening, but the world has changed, and not entirely for the better as we all, no doubt, would hope. Grandma should not get shaken down, but as soon as TSA is believed to never, ever check a grandma, guess what the next sucessful airline/airport terrorist attack is most likey to involve? Thank you for your service, by the way. I suspect you may understand more than just a little about asymmetric warfare. That, as you know, is what we're fighting now, on many fronts and in many arenas (civilian and military.) So how best to meet our current enemy in *those* arenas and still enjoy as free and open a society as possible? What is the proper balance between freedom and security? I don't know the answer. I wish I did...or that SOMEone did. Sadly, there are no guarantees of success whatever measures we employ. Should we then stop even trying? Perhaps Sun Tzu understood this best of all: "You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended. You can ensure the safety of your defense if you only hold positions that cannot be attacked." Art of War: VI / 7
chuk bekr December 19, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Basically unconstitutional. Unreasonable search, no probable cause .
Wolfman March 08, 2013 at 05:22 PM
DUI checkpoints are not only for DUIs anymore they are for anything of record
Sarah Mtspaceevolvd August 01, 2013 at 10:38 AM
What L.A elected representatives should to do is STOP HANDING OUT LIQUOR LICENSES based on "community's need and convienenct access to" alcohol. EVERY OUTLET that sells alcohol = 3-5 MORE ASSAULTS & 3-4 MORE ALCOHOL RELATED ACCIDENTS in LA a year. each accidents can kill/injure unknown numbers. There are some areas where 5 outlets (albertson's to ABC liquor) are within 2miles of each other!!! so those of you saying that saving 1 life makes checkpoints worth it, look into how many liquor licenses your city council has handed out and equate 4 acts of violence & 4 accidents to EACH ONE. They Do Have KIND CONSIDERATE HUMANE way to SAVE YOU FROM any Lions, Tigers or Bears, paper cuts and PEOPLE WHO JUST DON'T THINK BEFORE THEY ACT. No way to stop shizz from happening. WE ALL LOSE PEOPLE. We all DIE, But not all of us will be caged, have our property and prosperity put in the hands of a person with a badge. In the here and now, IF you think you can make it cross the street JAYWALK. IF you don't think people can make that kind of judgement call, YOU ARE WEAK, SCARED and thing throwing people in cages will save you from sad painful stuff... you DON'T embrace that You Get to BE what You Do. MAKE DECISIONS EXPLORED YOUR OWN LOGIC. Religious people HOLLA for FREE WILL being LOVE and the faith that EVERY MOMENT WE LIVE IS WORTH IT, and in the enc we will laugh bout the other stuff. Accept that acting ludicrous and insisting aggresively that you're fine is a side effect of alcohol. That's what the drug does. Minors can get alcohol from outlets like target I know all my friends and me did. Minors can't drink and drive if they can't get alcohol. Not saying less liquor outlets means no minors can get it, but I WOULD BET ALL IN that IF liquor was only sold behind counters that accidents would drop MORE THAN 20% year round. SAFETY LAWS are insulting and deny people the privelege of DOING WHAT THEY THINK THEY SHOULD and yeah everyone will get somethings wrong some of the time. It's called trial and error. it's called life experience. it's called coming to a set of personal standards BECAUSE YOU PROUDLY OWN YOUR ACTIONS.

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