Friday, December 26, 2008

California DUI checkpoint in Los Angeles tonight

San Diego California DUI defense lawyers urge LA residents to be careful tonight.

Los Angeles police will be looking for California DUI drunk drivers Saturday night at two checkpoints set up in areas where alcohol-related California DUI wrecks have increased this year.

At Lankershim Boulevard and Kittridge Street, California DUI police will start screening drivers about 5 p.m., according to police with the Valley Traffic Division.

In the past year, more than 170 alcohol-related collision have occurred in the surrounding communities of North Hollywood and Sun Valley, California DUI police said.

California DUI Police will also be checking licenses. Anyone found driving without a valid license is liable to have their car impounded. In some cases, the vehicles can be sold if fines and impound fees are not paid within a reasonable period.

California DUI Police note a high correlation between hit-and-run collisions and drivers with invalid or nonexistent licenses. In the North Hollywood-Sun Valley area this year, police have logged about 1,335 hit-and-run collisions.

In South Los Angeles, California DUI police will start screening drivers on Slauson Avenue between Budlong and Vermont avenues about 6 p.m. and work until 1 a.m. Sunday, police said.

The South Los Angeles California DUI checkpoint is in part due to an uptick in alcohol- related wrecks in the 77th Street patrol area.

According to California DUI police with the South Traffic Division, alcohol-related accidents have increased about 40 percent in the area compared to 2007. The nearly 12-square-mile patrol area includes neighborhoods such as the Crenshaw district, Vermont Knolls and Hyde Park, among others.

The state Office of Traffic Safety pays for most of California DUI checkpoint operations around the region.