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News Release

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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LAPD Holiday Season DUI Enforcement Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest NA10340gb

What:
Drivers License and Sobriety Checkpoint

When and Where:
The LAPD will be conducting Sobriety/Driver License checkpoints and driving-under-the-influence (DUI) saturation patrols in partnership with the Avoid DUI Task Force Campaigns and law enforcement nationwide on the following dates:

Friday December 17, 2010

•    Central Traffic Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Florence Avenue and Wadsworth Avenue in Newton  Area;

•    South Traffic Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. at Manchester Avenue and Figueroa Street in Southeast Area;


•    Valley Traffic Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from  8 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Reseda Boulevard and Gault Street in West Valley Area;

•    West Traffic Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 7:30 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. at Highland Avenue at De Longpre Avenue in Hollywood Area; and,


•    Emergency Operations Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside Drive in Northeast Area.


Saturday December 18, 2010

•    Central Traffic Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Olympic Boulevard and Blaine Street in Rampart Area;

•    Valley Traffic Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 8 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Lankershim Boulevard and Erwin Street in North Hollywood Area;

•    West Traffic Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 7:30 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. at Vermont Avenue and 12th Street in Olympic Area; and,

•    Emergency Operations Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Roscoe Boulevard and Haskell Avenue in West Valley Area.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

•    Emergency Operations Division will conduct a DUI saturation patrol from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. in Harbor Area.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

•    Emergency Operations Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. at Lincoln Boulevard and Maxella Avenue in Pacific Area.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

•    Emergency Operations Division will conduct a DUI saturation patrol from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. in Pacific Area.

Friday, December 31, 2010

•    Emergency Operations Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Cahuenga Boulevard and Broadlawn Drive in North Hollywood Area.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

•    Emergency Operations Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Sunset Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue in Hollywood Area.

Why:
As we celebrate the holidays with friends and family, everyone should heed Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) warning to keep the party off the road or be ready to face the consequences. Law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California will be out in force beginning December 17th through the New Year’s weekend cracking down on anyone caught under the influences.

The LAPD recommends these simple tips for a safe holiday season:

•    Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
•    Designate a sober driver;
•    Leave your car keys at home;
•    Call a taxi, call a friend or family member, or use public transportation to ensure you get home safely;
•    Call 9-1-1 if you see a possible drunk driver on the road;
•    Take the car keys away from someone who is about to drive impaired and assist them in getting home safely; and,
•    Remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.  If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

For more information on local and statewide Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign Enforcement Schedules and Daily DUI Arrest/Fatal Stats, visit the www.californiaavoid.org.  The Program is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety who reminds everyone to please – Report Drunk Driving – Call 9-1-1!

Funding for this and other DUI checkpoints are provided to the Los Angeles Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver.  For further information, please contact Officer Don Inman, Emergency Operations Division, at 213-486-0703.