INGLEWOOD – Law enforcement agencies around Los Angeles County have announced ramped up patrols and DUI checkpoints to combat reckless driving over the 4th of July holiday weekend.
Inglewood Police Department announced plans for a DUI checkpoint July 1 within the city limits between the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” Chief Mark Fronterotta said. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety.”
California Highway Patrol officers will be ramping up patrols on state highways and roads in Los Angeles County starting today to catch drunk and drug-impaired drivers as part of the agency’s annual Fourth of July crackdown.
“The objective is not only to send a zero tolerance message to impaired drivers, but to all traffic violators, pointing out that speed is the number one factor in roadway crashes in California, causing one-third of traffic-related deaths,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray.
The agency’s “maximum enforcement period” will begin at 6 p-m. Friday and conclude at 11:59 Monday night, during which all available officers will hit the highways for targeted patrols.
The Inglewood Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.