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News Release

Monday, November 28, 2005

Media Relations

Valley Traffic Division to Conduct Driver's License and Sobriety Checkpoint

What:
Sobriety and Driver's License Checkpoint

When:
Friday, December 2, 2005
7:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Where:
North Hills, San Fernando Valley

Who:
Officers from Valley Traffic Division

Why:
The LAPD Valley Traffic Division will conduct a driver's license and sobriety checkpoint this Friday evening in the community of North Hills.  The checkpoint is part of the LAPD's ongoing effort to reduce drinking and driving.  Local law enforcement officers have arrested over 3,000 drunk drivers in the San Fernando Valley since the beginning of 2005.

Motorists approaching the checkpoint will see information signs advising them that a sobriety checkpoint is ahead.  Once diverted into a lane, drivers will be detained only a few moments while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint.

The checkpoint will be in accordance with guidelines for checkpoint operations as specified in the Supreme Court decision of Ingersol vs. Palmer.  Based on traffic volume, all motorists will be checked.  If traffic becomes congested, vehicles will be chosen according to a pre-selected standard (e.g., every 3rd or 5th vehicle) to assure objectivity. 

The press may contact Valley Traffic Division at 818-756-8381 on December 2, 2005, for the checkpoint location.  Questions may be directed to Sergeant Robert Kirk at 818-756-8381.