The Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division is holding a DUI checkpoint on Friday, Dec. 21, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the intersection of La Brea and Oakwood avenues.
The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol- or drug-impaired crashes, according to the LAPD. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when publicized DUI operations are conducted routinely.
Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.
Through Dec. 18, LAPD officers have investigated 1,818 DUI-related collisions, which have resulted in 11 fatal and 55 serious injury collisions.
Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, and will check drivers for proper licensing. Specially trained officers will evaluate motorists suspected of drug-impaired driving, including those suspected of using cannabis, which accounts for a growing number of DUI collisions.
Additionally, the Beverly Hills Police Department will hold a DUI checkpoint on Friday, Dec. 21, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Olympic Boulevard near Roxbury Drive. Motorists will be stopped and contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check for valid driver’s licenses.
Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. For information, visit lapdonline.org and beverlyhills.org/police.
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