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DUI Checkpoint Planned in West L.A. Friday

A DUI crackdown is planned throughout Los Angeles this St. Patrick's Day weekend.

In preparation for this weekend's planned St. Patrick's Day celebrations, the Los Angeles Police Department has scheduled a series of DUI/driver's license checkpoints and saturation patrols citywide.

Friday's DUI stops include the following locations, all beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing until 2 a.m.:

  • West Los Angeles, Santa Monica Boulevard at Carmelina Avenue;
  • North Hollywood, Victory Boulevard at Bellingham Avenue;
  • Los Angeles, Florence Avenue and Broadway; and
  • Hollywood, Highland Avenue and DeLongpre Avenue.

Saturday night's checkpoints include:

  • Los Angeles, Imperial Highway and Main Street, 6 p.m. to midnight; and
  • Sun Valley, Van Nuys Boulevard and Amboy Avenue, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Sunday night's saturation patrols will cover the following LAPD division areas:

  • Hollenbeck and Newton Divisions, 2 p.m to 10 p.m.;
  • North Hollywood Division, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.;
  • 77th Street Division, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.;
  • Hollywood Division, 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Funding for the checkpoints and saturation patrols is being provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

bob bonney March 16, 2013 at 01:11 AM
I don't think these checkpoints are legal. There is no "just cause" for stopping someone. Under other police circumstances they can't stop and detain someone at random just on the idea that they "might find something illegal". They have to be searching for something specific and have a specific reason why they think this individual has broken the law..
Timber March 20, 2013 at 05:19 AM
bob, What you are talking about is the probable cause standard that makes such a detention lawful. This is bypassed during a checkpoint by way of a prewritten operational plan. This plan removes discretion from the officer in the field. The plan designates which vehicles will be stopped before the officers 'take the field'. This is what was contemplated by the SCOTUS in Mich. V.Sitz. In other words, a neutral plan of stopping motorists somehow abrogates the probable cause standard. By the way, there is a simple defense against the scrutiny of a checkpoint -- do not answer any questions.

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