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News Release

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Media Relations

South Traffic Sobriety Checkpoint

What:
Sobriety Checkpoint

When:
Saturday, June 7, 2008 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Where:
Western Avenue between Martin Luther King Boulevard and 41st Street

Who:
South Traffic 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 incidents of injuries, death and property damage associated with intoxicated drivers. Southwest Division has experienced a 40 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 to use designated drivers and not drink and drive. Our message is simple: if we catch you driving drunk, you will be arrested.

Approximately eight traffic enforcement officers (motorcycle officers), two collision investigation officers and two traffic enforcement sergeants from South Traffic Division will be involved in 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.

Contact:
For additional information, please contact South Traffic Division Sergeant Damon S Aoki, (213) 485-7336.


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