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News Release

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Media Relations

Valley Traffic Sobriety Checkpoint NA019187

What:
Sobriety & Drivers License Checkpoint
     
When:
Saturday, Juy18, 2009
6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    
Where:
The City of Arleta, Laurel Canyon Blvd near Fox Street.      

Who:
Valley Traffic Division
    
Why:
The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to reduce the number of traffic collisions related to intoxicated drivers and hit and run collisions.  During the past year, residents residing on the west section of the San Fernando Valley have endured over 400 collisions involving an "intoxicated driver."  In addition, there have been over 1200 "Hit and Run" traffic collisions. The checkpoint will serve as a reminder 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 law concerning driving without a 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 a few moments while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint.  

Funding for this checkpoint comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.  We can all help make our streets safer, please report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.

For further information contact Sergeant Robert Kirk, Valley Traffic Division, at 818-644-8000.