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News Release

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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South Traffic Division Sobriety Checkpoint NA09216gb

What:            
Sobriety Checkpoint

When:            
Saturday, August 22, 2009
6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Where:        
Florence Avenue between Western Avenue and St. Andrews Place

Who:            
South Traffic Division's Crime Task Force/Driving Under the Influence Enforcement Detail
        
Why:
Despite the tireless efforts of thousands of advocates and law enforcement officers alike, drunk driving continues to be one of America's deadliest crimes.  This operation will be conducted in an effort to reduce the incident of injuries, death, and property damage associated with the intoxicated driver in this area. LAPD's 77th Division has experienced a 26 percent decrease in Driving under the Influence related traffic collisions year to date as compared to 2008.  The checkpoint will serve as a reminder to the community of 77th Division to use designated drivers and not drink and drive.  

Our message is simple: if we catch you driving drunk, you will be arrested.  

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

If you have any questions regarding the checkpoint, please contact Sergeant Egan at 213-485-7336.