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LAPD, LASD, CHP to Increase DUI Patrols for St. Patrick's Day

Authorities are urging drivers to be safe and plan ahead for the holiday.

The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will be stepping up DUI patrols during the St. Patrick's Day weekend.

According to the LAPD, a report from the California Office of Traffic Safety shows three people were killed and 96 seriously injured in incidents involving "at least one driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above" around St. Patrick's Day last year.

The LAPD will be conducting saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints over the weekend. In addition, the "Avoid the 100," a Los Angeles County DUI campaign, will deploy additional police, sheriff and CHP officers.

LAPD will be conducting the following patrols and checkpoints Friday through Sunday:

Friday, March 16

  • Sobriety Checkpoint
  • Where: Figueroa Street between 8th Street and 9th Street in Central Area
  • When: 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Saturday, March 17

  • Sobriety Checkpoint
  • Where: Venice Boulevard between Sepulveda Boulevard and Sawtelle Boulevard in Pacific Area
  • When: 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Sunday, March 18

  • DUI Saturation Patrol
  • Where: Harbor Area
  • When: 12-8 p.m.

Law enforcement officials are also encouraging Angelenos to solidify driving plans ahead of time. The LAPD has offered the following tips:

  • Plan a safe way home before you head out to celebrate
  • Select a designated driver
  • Leave car keys at home if you are not the sober driver
  • If you need a ride, call a taxi, friend, relative or use public transportation to get home
  • Take keys away from someone who may be impaired and help them get home safely

Authorities say if you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911.

  • For more from the Los Angeles Police Department, click here.
  • For more from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, click here.

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