Local police will increase sobriety checkpoints for
Cinco de Mayo this weekend throughout the Los Angeles area. While
Cinco de Mayo is a time of celebration for many, local law enforcement predicts an increased
number of drunk drivers on the road as well. Police hope to discourage
drunk drivers by saturating the LA area with sobriety checkpoints, where
officers will check drivers for signs of intoxication. The NHTSA reports
that DUI checkpoints are one of the most effective ways to prevent drunk
driving. Additionally, DUI checkpoints are more cost effective than other
methods of drunk driving prevention. The Director of the California Office
of Traffic Safety said that "DUI Checkpoints have been an essential
part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since
2006 in California. But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one
third of traffic fatalities, Los Angeles needs the high visibility enforcement
and public awareness that checkpoints provide."
Tips to Avoid DUI Accidents
The LAPD recommends these tips to avoid
DUI arrests and accidents over the
Cinco de Mayo weekend:
- Always plan ahead. Do not drink unless you first establish a plan to get
- Always designate a sober driver.
- Never let a friend or family member drive drunk
- If necessary, call a taxi or use public transportation to get home.
- If you see a drunk driver, call 911 right away.
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