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News Release

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Media Relations

Valley Traffic Sobriety Checkpoint

What:
Sobriety & Drivers License Checkpoint

When:
Saturday, August 30, 2008
6:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Where:
Vanowen Boulevard near Tampa Avenue.

Who:
Valley Traffic Division

Why:
The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to reduce the number of traffic collisions related to intoxicated drivers and hit and run collisions. During the past year, the cities of West Hills and Woodland Hills have experienced over 145 DUI related collisions. In addition, as of August 8, 2008, there have been over 1,140 "Hit and Run" traffic collisions within the same area. Preliminary studies indicate a reduction in "Hit and Run" collisions when Drivers License checkpoints are conducted. More importantly, the checkpoint will serve as a reminder to the San Fernando Valley Community to use designated drivers and not drink and drive. Our message is simple: if we catch you drunk, you will be arrested. These checkpoints hope to enhance public awareness on the dangers of drinking and driving, and the law concerning driving without a driver's license. Motorists approaching a checkpoint will see information advising them that a checkpoint is ahead. Once diverted into a lane, each motorist will be detained a few moments while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint.

Funding for the checkpoint comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. We can all help make our streets safer. Report Drunk Drivers-Call 911.

For further information contact Sergeant Robert Kirk, Valley Traffic Division, at 818-644-8000.