Authorities will be out in force around the Southland this weekend on the lookout for people driving while impaired or otherwise violating traffic laws while celebrating Cinco de Mayo.
“For many people across the country, Cinco de Mayo is a time for fun and celebrations that may involve drinking,” Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said. “The holiday, which happens to fall on a Sunday this year, is a reminder to the public to celebrate responsibly and not drive impaired.”
In Los Angeles, extra officers will be assigned patrol duties at various locations between noon on Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday, the LAPD reported.
The LAPD has also scheduled sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints from 8 Friday evening through 1 p.m. Saturday on Victory Boulevard at Bellaire Avenue, and on Figueroa Street at Ninth Street; and from 8 p.m. Saturday through 1 a.m. Sunday at Crenshaw Boulevard at Olympic Boulevard.
“We understand the importance and significance of this day to many people,” Goodman said. “However, we want to make sure that everyone who chooses to celebrate does so safely.”
Funding for Cinco de Mayo DUI enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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