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News Release

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Media Relations

South Traffic Division Sobriety Checkpoint Imperial Highway between Main Street and San Pedro Street

WHAT:
Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint

WHEN:
Saturday, July 9, 2011
6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

WHERE:
Westbound Imperial Highway between Main Street and San Pedro Street

WHO:
Officers from the LAPD’s Crime Task Force/Driving Under the Influence Enforcement Detail, South Traffic Division

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 incidence of injuries, death, and property damage associated with the intoxicated driver at this location.  Southeast Division has experienced a 150% increase in Driving Under the Influence related traffic collisions in the last four week period.  The checkpoint will serve as a reminder to the community of Southeast Division to use designated drivers and not drink and drive. Our message is simple: if we catch you driving drunk, you will be arrested.

Funding for this checkpoint comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  We can all help make our streets safer. Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.

CONTACT:
For further information, contact South Traffic Division’s Sergeant Mark Guardado, Crime Task Force/Driving-Under-the-Influence Enforcement Detail, at 213-485-7745, during the hours of 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. or the LAPD Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.