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News Release

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Media Relations

Sobriety Check Point in the Valley

What:
The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division (VTD) will be conducting a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint in Pacoima.

When:
Saturday, May 20, 2006
9:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.  

Where:
Pacoima
Van Nuys Boulevard between Haddon Avenue and Ilex Avenue

Why:
In  2005 VTD officers arrested over 2,850 impaired drivers.  This number represents a 14% increase from the previous year.  Based on the statistic, it is the Department's goal to educate the public on the dangers associated with driving while intoxicated.  The sobriety checkpoint is part of LAPD's effort to reduce drinking and driving in the San Fernando Valley.  The message is simple, "You Drink & Drive, You Lose."  Motorists approaching a checkpoint will see information advising them that a sobriety checkpoint is ahead.  Once diverted into a lane, a motorist will be detained only a few moments while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint.    

The sobriety checkpoint will be operated in accordance with guidelines mandated in the Supreme Court decision, Ingersol vs. Ca.  All motorists will be checked.  If traffic becomes congested, vehicles will be selected according to a pre-selected standard (such as every 3rd or 5th vehicle) to assure objectivity.

For the exact location of the operation contact Sergeant Robert Kirk, Valley Traffic Division, at 1-818-756-8381.




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