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News Release

Friday, July 11, 2008

Media Relations

LAPD Weekend Sobriety Checkpoint

What: Sobriety Checkpoint

When: Saturday, July 12, 2008
6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Where: Avalon Boulevard between Opp Street and I Street

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 incident of injuries, death, and property damage associated with the intoxicated driver at this location. Harbor Division has experienced a 53 percent increase in Driving Under the Influence related traffic collisions year to date as compared to 2007. The checkpoint will serve as a reminder to the community of Harbor Division to use designated drivers and not drink and drive. Our message is simple: if we catch you driving 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 this checkpoint comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP)-Part II. We can all help make our streets safer. Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.

For further information please contact South Traffic Division Sergeant Damon S. Aoki at 213-485-7336.