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News Release

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Media Relations

Weekend Sobriety Checkpoint NA10111rh

WHAT:   
Sobriety Checkpoint

WHEN:   
Saturday, May 15, 2010
6 p.m. – 1 a.m.
        
WHERE:   
Jefferson Boulevard between Western Avenue and Denker Avenue
    
WHO:   
South Traffic Division

WHY:   
The Crime Task Force/Driving Under the Influence Enforcement Detail of the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) South Traffic Division (STD) will conduct a sobriety checkpoint.  The officers will screen drivers eastbound on Jefferson Boulevard from Western Avenue in Southwest Division.

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 in this area.  Southwest Division has experienced a 23 percent decrease in Driving Under the Influence related traffic collisions year to date as compared to 2009.  The checkpoint will serve as a reminder to the community of Southwest Division to use designated drivers and not drink and drive.  Our message is simple: if we catch you driving drunk, you will be arrested.  

The Officer-in-Charge is Sergeant Stephen Egan of South Traffic Division’s Crime Task Force/Driving Under the Influence Enforcement Detail.  Approximately 10 traffic enforcement officers (motorcycle officers), six collision investigation officers and one traffic collision sergeant from South Traffic Division will be involved in the checkpoint.  

Funding for the checkpoints is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  We can all help make our streets safer, please report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.  

Contact:    
For further information, please contact Sergeant Egan, South Traffic Division, Crime Task Force/Driving Under the Influence (CTF/DUI) Enforcement Detail at 213-485-7336 during the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

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