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Find Out Where LAPD Will Host DUI Checkpoints

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
The Los Angeles Police Department will conduct a sobriety/driver's license checkpoint from 8 p.m. Thursday until 2 a.m. Friday at Vermont Avenue and Sixth Street, and from 7 p.m. Thursday until 2 a.m. Friday on La Brea Avenue and Rodeo Road.

It never pays to drive and drive. Have a designated driver, take a cab or pack an overnight back to stay the night. These rules apply 365-days a year, not just when police hold DUI checkpoints.


chuk bekr June 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM
In many states it is not allowed (as it should be).
Dave Raines June 13, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Totally constitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that sobriety checkpoints meet the Fourth Amendment standard of "reasonable search and seizure." The Court is, by force of Article III of the Constitution itself, the final arbiter and interpreter of the Constitution. We may not agree with what they rule. But what they rule is law until reinterpreted by a later court. We can whine, but they win, not because of a left or right wing conspiracy, but because the Constitution itself says so. In addition, court rulings over the last 20 years have put more and more restrictions on checkpoints, leaving them less obtrusive and more transparent, with less chance of abuse.
Geraldo Cruz June 13, 2014 at 05:12 PM
I have a strange habit - I like to be alive. Not sure why the LAPD publicizes in advance where they'll be but I am more than fine with this.
Dave Raines June 13, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Geraldo, it's because publicity is a main part of having checkpoints. Patrols are meant to catch active drunks, get them off the streets and prosecute them. Checkpoints are highly visible, highly publicized events meant to deter drinking and driving in the first place. Patrols have little deterrent value, but high enforcement value. Checkpoints have been shown to have the potential to lower DUI fatality rates by up to 20 percent by virtue of their deterrence. People go through them, drive past them, hear about them via multiple grapevines and get the ongoing impression that drunk driving is dangerous, socially unacceptable, and that law enforcement is actively looking for it. They are both good tactics and both should be in the arsenal of DUI combating tactics, along with others. In terms of catching drunks, nothing beats patrols. In terms of saving lives, nothing beats checkpoints.
chuk bekr June 13, 2014 at 11:00 PM
Nonetheless it's unconstitutional, in my opinion. Why not just line people anywhere and everywhere to make things 'safe'. More sheep-like behavior as we go along with all this police-ing.

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