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News Release

Monday, April 19, 2010

Media Relations

Valley Traffic Sobriety Checkpoint

What:
Sobriety & Drivers License Checkpoint
 
When:
Saturday, April 24, 2010
7 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Where:
Lankershim Boulevard and Magnolia Boulevard
North Hollywood, California

Who:
Valley Traffic Division

Why:
The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to reduce the number of traffic collisions involving intoxicated drivers and hit and run collisions.  In 2010, residents residing in the North Hollywood Area have endured 61 driving under the influence-related traffic collisions, a 27% increase from the previous year.  The checkpoint will educate the community to use designated drivers and not drink and drive.  Our message is simple: If we catch you drunk, you will be arrested.  

It is the Los Angeles Police Department's goal to continue providing public awareness on the dangers of drinking and driving, and the laws concerning driving without a valid driver's license.  Motorists approaching a checkpoint will observe traffic signs, information and police officers advising that a checkpoint is ahead.  Once diverted into a lane, each motorist will be detained momentarily while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint.  

Funding for this checkpoint 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.

For further information, please contact Valley Traffic Division at 818-644-8000or email 27617@lapd.lacity.org.