Adozen police officers will be assigned to a roadblock scheduled to begin tonight somewhere in the San Fernando Valley to check for drunk and drug-impaired drivers, Los Angeles police said Friday.
Deputy Police Chief Daniel Sullivan, who oversees the Valley's five police divisions, said the roadblock will be set up at a different place each night through New Year's Eve, but he refused to give the exact locations.
"You're just liable to run into a sobriety checkpoint anywhere you go," Sullivan said.
But drivers will be warned by signs that they are approaching a checkpoint and will have ample opportunity to turn onto side streets if they wish to avoid it, Sullivan said.
The checkpoint program, in effect from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m., will cause vehicles a three-minute delay while officers examine drivers for signs of intoxication, Sullivan said. If waits of more than three minutes develop, officers will check every other car, he said.