Los Angeles DUI Checkpoints increase: The Los Angeles Police Department began stepping up its DUI enforcement efforts earlier this month and will double down on efforts to catch drivers under the influence through the end of the year.
Aside from its general “saturation patrols,” in which additional LAPD officers will be on city streets looking for drivers who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the department is operating a number of DUI checkpoints over the upcoming holidays.
One of those checkpoints was in the San Fernando Valley.
From 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, until 1 a.m. the following morning, the LAPD conducted a DUI checkpoint at Topanga Canyon Boulevard and San Jose Street in Chatsworth. No arrests were made.
As one Orange County DUI Attorney has noted, the upcoming winter holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) are usually a dangerous and deadly time for alcohol-related crashes, the LAPD said in a news release.
During the 2017 Labor Day holiday period (Sept. 1-5), 376 people were killed nationwide in crashes, and 36 percent of those involved a driver under the influence, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In California, on Labor Day alone in 2018, two people were killed and 31 others injured in traffic crashes, the LAPD noted. Los Angeles DUI Checkpoints are controversial, as statistically it has been shown that they are not effective in ridding the streets of drunk drivers.
Focusing on driving behavior, and utilizing police saturation patrols, where police move around within areas with a high probability of drunk driving, are much more effective.