The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is working to get out a message of safety this weekend and in the days ahead.
Law-enforcement will be out in force, deputies warned.
Part of that enforcement will be done during Driving Under the Influence/Driver’s License Checkpoints that are scheduled on the following days and times:
- Lakewood, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 3-4
- Bellflower, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 4-5
- Lynwood, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 9-10
- West Hollywood, 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Jan. 17-18
- Carson, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 24-25
- Norwalk, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 30-31
- Bellflower, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 1
Deputies will be on the lookout for drivers with signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Deputies will also check drivers for proper licensing. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, sheriff’s officials said.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000, officials said.
Sheriff’s deputies point to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the effectiveness of checkpoints. They “have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent,” officials wrote in a news release. “Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.”
Authorities encourage people who see a Drunk Driver to call 9-1-1 and report it.