Torrance police on Friday night will conduct the first drunk-driving checkpoint ever set up by a South Bay police department, officials said, as area departments launch an effort to curb drunk driving during the holidays.
Sgt. Ron Trabor said officers will stop drivers at an undisclosed location beginning about 10 p.m. and check for signs of intoxication. The legality of such checkpoints were upheld by the California Supreme Court in October.
Meanwhile, seven South Bay police departments, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the California Highway Patrol are joining forces during the holidays to patrol South Bay streets in search of drunk drivers, police said.
Police departments from the cities of El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach will team officers and provide cars to patrol the area, said Gardena Police Lt. John Fodor. The Lennox sheriff's station, which patrols Lennox and Lawndale, also will participate.