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St. Patrick's Day weekend: DUI crackdowns on tap

An Orange County Sheriff deputy checks a motorist's identification at an Orange County DUI checkpoint in Westminster in 2001. Credit: Allen Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Think twice about driving after a long night of throwing back pints of Guinness and Irish car bombs on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Law enforcement personnel throughout Los Angeles County plan to step up patrols and crack down on motorists who have been driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Here are the Los Angeles Police Department's checkpoint plans:

Saturday

-- El Segundo area: Imperial Highway and Main Street, 6 p.m. to midnight
-- Sun Valley: Van Nuys Boulevard and Amboy Avenue, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Sunday
-- Hollenbeck and Newton Divisions, 2 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.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol also plan checkpoints.

In Glendale, officers will deploy roving DUI patrols and conduct checkpoints throughout the region as part of this weekend’s crackdown, known as the Avoid the 100 task force campaign due to the number of police agencies involved statewide.

A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety funds the operations.

-- A Times Staff Writer

Photo: A DUI checkpoint in Orange County in 2011. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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