LOS ANGELES (CNS) -
``As people get together to celebrate the holiday period, it is important that they remain responsible behind the wheel,'' said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety.
``Driving under the influence is extremely dangerous,'' Murphy said.
During the campaign, the California Highway Patrol, various ``Avoid DUI'' task forces, and more than 115 local police departments across the state will set up DUI/driver's license checkpoints and will conduct ``saturation patrols'' in various locations, Murphy said.
The Los Angeles Police Department will conduct checkpoints this weekend as follows:
-- at 8 p.m., a six-hour checkpoint will begin at Vermont Avenue and Sixth Street;
-- at 8 p.m., a six-hour checkpoint will begin at Slauson Avenue and Olive Street;
-- at 8 p.m., a six-hour checkpoint will begin at Sepulveda Boulevard and Ramyer Street;
-- at 8 p.m. Saturday, a six-hour checkpoint will begin at Van Nuys Boulevard and Haddon Avenue; and
-- at 8 p.m. Saturday, a six-hour checkpoint will begin at Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside Drive.
The checkpoints are subject to change.
An eight-hour saturation patrol of officers will begin at today in the LAPD Newton area. And an eight-hour saturation patrol will begin at Sunday in the LAPD Foothill Area.