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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Media Relations

LAPD Targets Impaired Drivers with DUI Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols NA13032bb

What:
Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint

When:
Friday, March 1, 2013, 8 P.M. to
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 2 A.M.

Where:
Hyperion Avenue at Scotland Street
Los Angeles, California

What:
Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint

When:
Friday, March 1, 2013, 8 P.M. to
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 2 A.M.

Where:
Figueroa Street at 9th Street
Los Angeles, California

What:
DUI Saturation Patrol

When:
Friday, March 1, 2013, 7 P.M. to
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 3 A.M.

Where:
Hollywood Area

What:
Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint

When:
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 8 P.M. to
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 2 A.M.

Where:
Cahuenga Boulevard at Broadlawn Drive
North Hollywood, California

What:
DUI Saturation Patrol

When:
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 5 P.M. to
Monday, March 4, 2013, 3 A.M.

Where:
Foothill Area

Note:
Locations are subject to change due to weather.

Why:
The deterrent effect of sobriety checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and
injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of
20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.

Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.  When
possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.  Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

In 2011, nearly 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one
driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher.  In California, this deadly
crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  “Over the course of the past three
years, DUI collisions have claimed 38 lives and injured 3,014 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sergeant
Karmody, Traffic Coordination Section.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most
effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints
are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. 

Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety.  “But since the
tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Los Angeles needs the high visibility
enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.” Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Los Angeles Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies.  If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

MEDIA NOTES:
To schedule an interview regarding the Los Angeles Police Department traffic safety efforts, please contact Officer Don Inman, Traffic Coordination Section, at 213-486-0690.