The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station reports one driver was arrested for driving under the influence during last night’s DUI / Driver’s License checkpoint in WeHo City. The Checkpoint took place on Friday, July 9, 2021, at Fairfax Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
A total of 1,277 vehicles were contacted last night. The checkpoint location was based on a history of crashes and DUI arrests.
LASD states that the primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired, in an effort to maintain the department’s commitment to keeping the public safe when they are traveling.
Then Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will continue to a hold DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints throughout the year.
Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The DUI / Driver’s License checkpoint is publicized in advance to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers. The Sheriff’s Station works with the City’s Code Compliance Division and the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to educate businesses and work collaboratively on alcohol-related issues. The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station has a Community Impact Team (CIT) that actively patrols bars, nightclubs, and hotels. Deputies are proactive in addressing impacts from entertainment establishments and special events. Their Entertainment Policing Team (EPT) focuses on entertainment- and alcohol-related law enforcement issues in the City in order to prevent alcohol-related incidents.
The West Hollywood Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has the following safety tips:
- Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk — or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.
- If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
- If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or call one of your local sober ride home programs.
Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
One transportation alternative for people enjoying the multitude of entertainment venues in West Hollywood is The PickUp, which is a cool, convenient, and free alternative to driving. For details, please visit www.wehopickup.com. In addition, Cityline operates free Saturday evening service to and from Hollywood and Highland where riders can connect with the Metro Red Line. For details, please visit www.weho.org/cityline.