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This St. Paddy’s Day, Don’t Rely on the Luck o’ the Irish Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

St. Patrick's Day, like Cinco de Mayo, is popular holiday in the United States that is often associated with overindulgence in alcoholic beverages. In 2016 alone, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Paddy's Day holiday period (from March 16, 2018, 6 PM to March 18, 2018, 6 AM) nationwide. The selfish act of drinking and driving can rip people from their friends and loved ones forever. For this reason, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is working to spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving. Even one drink can be one too many. If you're heading out for the Irish festivities, plan ahead and remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.


The LAPD will deploy additional officers at the following DUI Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols, which will be conducted to specifically stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment:

Friday, March 16, 2018
• 5 PM to 1 AM - DUI Saturation Patrol: North Hollywood Area
• 7 PM to 12 AM - DUI Saturation Patrol: Rampart Area
• 7 PM to 12 AM - DUI Checkpoint: Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard & Figueroa Street
• 8 PM to 1 AM - DUI Checkpoint: Vermont Avenue & 6th Street

Saturday, March 17, 2018
• 5 PM to 1 AM - DUI Saturation Patrol: Southwest Area
• 5 PM to 1 AM - DUI Saturation Patrol: Wilshire Area
• 8 PM to 1 AM - DUI Checkpoint: Figueroa Street & 9th Street
• 8 PM to 1 AM - DUI Checkpoint: Van Nuys Boulevard & Remick Avenue

Note: Locations of the checkpoints are subject to change or cancellation.

The California Highway Patrol, county sheriff departments and municipal police departments will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.
In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The LAPD supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that "DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze." If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Also, marijuana use can lead to impairment, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

Remember: It's not just about you. There are other people on the roads who want to get where they are going safely. Don't let alcohol and or drug impairment cause you to be a risk to yourself and others on the road. Impaired driving is an act of selfishness. Before you put your keys in the ignition, remind yourself: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. If you feel a buzz, you are in no shape to drive."

The LAPD recommends the following safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

• Always remember to plan ahead. If you plan to drink or use marijuana, make arrangements for someone not impairment to drive you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously-your friends are relying on you.

• Don't forget about the other safe ways available to get home. The OTS DDVIP smarthphone application is now available to download for free on iOS and Android devices. The app offers enhanced features that allows users to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Additionally, the app users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb.

• Have a friend who is about to drink or use marijuana and drive? Be a good friend. Take their keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely.

• Always remember to report impaired drivers - call 911.

This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The next DUI campaign is set for Cinco de Mayo.


Robbery Homicide Division in Identifying a Suspect

South Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery Homicide Division is seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect responsible for a series of business robberies.


The first of the six robberies detectives believe the suspect is responsible occurred on January 11, 2018. Since that time, the suspect is believed to have committed five additional robberies. The most recent robbery occurred on March 13, 2018. The suspect is described as a female Black, 40-50 years old. She is between 5'07" and 5'10" tall and weighs between 220 to 240 pounds. She is targeting small neighborhood markets and businesses, and has used a hand gun in all but one of the robberies. All the robberies have occurred in the area of Manchester Ave and Avalon Blvd. While no one has been injured during the robberies, the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information, contact Detective Teresa Alonzo, Robbery Homicide Detectives, at (213) 486-6840. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


LAPD Statement Related to POTUS Visit NR18080jr

 

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department is working closely with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to prepare for President Trump's first visit to Southern California since taking office.

While the Department is well rehearsed at dealing with presidential visits, every administration brings with it unique challenges and new protocols, and unfortunately out of an abundance of caution many details about this visit are being withheld for security reasons.

The LAPD will be heavily deployed throughout the city to ensure the safe transport of the president and secure locations he will be visiting.

The Department will also be available to accommodate any residents who may feel a desire to exercise their First Amendment rights. We ask all of our residents to prepare for increased traffic with the potential of temporary street closures and delays."

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March 13, 2018
UPDATE:


If possible, please avoid the area bounded by 5th Street on the north, Olympic Boulevard on the south, Union Avenue on the west and Grand Avenue on the east.



"Per the Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles Police Department, downtown Los Angeles is extremely congested due to the Presidential visit. If possible, please avoid the area of 5th Street to Olympic Boulevard and Union Avenue to Grand Avenue."

Any questions please contact Media Relations at 213 486-5910

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POTUS TRAFFIC ADVISORY

March 13, 2018
UPDATE: 


If possible, please avoid the area bounded by 5th Street on the north, Olympic Boulevard on the south, Union Avenue on the west and Grand Avenue on the east.

 

"Per the Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles Police Department, downtown Los Angeles is extremely congested due to the Presidential visit. If possible, please avoid the area of 5th Street to Olympic Boulevard and Union Avenue to Grand Avenue."

Any questions please contact Media Relations at 213 486-5910


Missing Person

* Update ***

 

On March 11, 2018, around 12:50 p.m., Mr. Harrold was found safe at a local hospital by Orange Police Department.

 

Los Angeles: The family of Sr. James Lee Harrold and the Los Angeles Police Department are asking for the public’s help in locating Mr. Harrold.

On March 7, 2018, around 5:30 p.m., Mr. Harrold was last seen in the 7700 block of Woodan Avenue in the City of Panorama City. His family is extremely concerned since Mr. Harrold suffers from Dementia.

Mr. Harrold is described as a 70-year-old male Black, bald, with brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a green shirt and khaki pants.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Harrold, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to
remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.