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News Release

Friday, May 14, 2010

Media Relations

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Drivers License and Sobriety Checkpoint

Saturday, May 15, 2010
8 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Lankershim Boulevard and Vose Street
Valley Traffic Division

The Los Angeles Police Department will have joined other law enforcement agencies across the state as part of California’s DUI Crackdown Campaign with law enforcement agencies deploying DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints statewide.  Funding for the special enforcement campaign comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“As of May 1, 2010, the North Hollywood Area has endured over 79 DUI related collisions, an 18% increase from the previous year,” advised Valley Traffic Division (VTD) Commanding Officer William Sutton.  “The sobriety checkpoint is part of the LAPD’s ongoing effort to curb drinking and driving.”

“Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant,” said OTS Christopher J. Murphy. “Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work and dozens of other expenses. So don’t take the chance. Remember, if you are over the limit, you are under arrest.”

Law enforcement encourages everyone planning family gatherings, especially during.  Holidays, to first think about how friends and family members will get home after drinking during holiday celebrations.  Everyone is encouraged to Report Drunk Drivers! Call 9-1-1 and be ready to describe the vehicle, its location and direction of travel to make your community safer.  With everyone’s help, families won’t be faced with a loss at the hands ofanother drunk driver.

For further information, please contact VTD Sergeant McCallum at 818-644-8000 during the hours of 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.