Today is Cinco De Mayo, which means celebrations across the Southland, along with an increased police presence on the streets, plus DUI checkpoints at least through Saturday morning in order to nab motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The Torrance Police Department said it will deploy extra officers on the street and run saturation DUI patrols beginning this evening. The beefed-up anti-drunken driving enforcement is being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In Alhambra, a DUI/Driver License checkpoint is scheduled at the intersection of Garfield and Linda Vista avenues beginning Friday at 7 p.m. and running through Saturday morning until 3 a.m., according to Alhambra police.
In Azusa, the California Highway Patrol will conduct a checkpoint starting Friday evening to find and arrest impaired drivers. The location of the checkpoint has not yet been released.
Law enforcement agencies across the Southland reminded drivers that they not only face arrest, the loss of their driver’s license but an estimated $10,000 in lawyer’s fees, fines, traffic school and other expenses if they are arrested for driving under the influence.
—City News Service
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