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Thursday, August 16, 2012

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LAPD Reminds Drivers to End the Summer on a Safe Note NA12193kr

Los Angeles, California.  If you drink and drive in Los Angeles, beware, the LAPD is joining with law enforcement throughout the state for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign August 17 to September 3, 2012.  The LAPD have the following DUI enforcement activities scheduled over the holiday week in partnership with law enforcement statewide during the Summer/Labor Day Campaign:

Friday, August 17, 2012
  • Sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in North Hollywood Area at Ventura Boulevard and Blue Canyon Drive from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in Hollywood Area at Hollywood Boulevard and Bronson Avenue from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in North Hollywood Area at Sherman Way and Lankershim Boulevard from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
  • DUI Saturation Patrol in Devonshire Area from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
  • DUI Saturation Patrol in Hollenbeck Area from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday, August 24, 2012
  • Sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in Hollywood Area at Sunset Boulevard and El Centro Avenue from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in Central Area at Figueroa Street and 9th Street from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in North Hollywood Area at Cahuenga Boulevard and Broadlawn Drive from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in Southwest Area at Western Avenue and 39th Street from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
  • Sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in Newton Area at Florence Avenue and Broadway from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in Southeast Area at Manchester Avenue and Hoover Street from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in Van Nuys Area at Ventura Boulevard and Columbus Avenue from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
  • Sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in Harbor Area at Harbor Boulevard at Santa Cruz Street from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
  • Sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in Olympic Area at Vermont Avenue and 6th Street from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
  • Sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in Central Area at Figueroa Street and 9th Street from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
  • DUI Saturation Patrol in Hollenbeck Area from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2010 alone, 791 people died in California in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit.  The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

 “On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America.  But this tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways,” said Lieutenant Ron Katona, Traffic Coordination Section.  “Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  By joining this statewide effort, we will make Los Angeles roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period.”

 Los Angeles County Avoid the 100 Task Force will also deploy DUI Driver’s License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

 “Obviously we want to remind everyone that it is illegal to drive impaired, and we hope the campaign will remind people that if they plan on drinking, to never get behind the wheel,” said Lieutenant Katona.  “But if someone does choose to drive impaired, we will arrest them.  No warnings.  No excuses.”  

This operation is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reminds everyone to Report Drunk Driving – Call 9-1-1! For further information, please contact Officer Don Inman, Traffic Coordination Section, at (213) 486-0703.

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