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DUI check points crack down on offenders

August 1, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
With the number of DUI crashes and deaths on the rise, the LAPD has launched an aggressive campaign to stop people from drinking and driving. Officers checked for valid drivers' licenses as well as DUI suspects at a checkpoint on Cahuenga Boulevard Saturday night, but they say the main focus is on drivers under the influence.

In recent weeks, suspected drunk drivers killed two people in Malibu and a grandmother in Reseda.

Police say the weekend checkpoints are working.

"At any given checkpoint, we probably stop and talk to 800 or 900 motorists, and we end up arresting at least eight or nine for DUI. So we are getting the word out to a lot of people that drinking and driving is not okay," said LAPD Lt. Ron Katano.

The LAPD is one of many law enforcement agencies toughening their anti-DUI efforts this summer.

In Huntington Beach, police want to post the names of drunken driving arrestees on their public website.