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News Release

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Media Relations

South Traffic Division Weekend Sobriety Checkpoint NA09346kr

WHAT:       
Sobriety Checkpoint

WHEN:       
Saturday, December 19, 2009
6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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

WHO:             
South Traffic Division Officers
        
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 incidence of injuries, death, and property damage associated with the intoxicated driver in this area.  This year the residents in 77th Division Area have endured 131 driving under the influence related, and 1171 hit and run, traffic collisions.  This checkpoint will serve as a reminder to the community of 77th Division to use designated drivers and not to drink and drive.

Funding for this 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 9-1-1.

CONTACT:   
For further information contact Sergeant Stephen Egan, South Traffic Division, Crime Task Force/Driving Under the Influence (CTF/DUI) Enforcement Detail at 213-485-5115, or Los Angeles Police Department Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.