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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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LAPD Targets Impaired Drivers with Checkpoints & DUI Saturation Patrols Operations Encompass Several Divisions NA13003rf

What:
Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint

When:
Friday, January 11, 2013
8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where:
Alvarado Street at Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles
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What:
DUI Saturation Patrol

When:
Friday, January 11, 2013
7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Where:
Hollywood Area
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What:

Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint

When:
Saturday, January 12, 2013
7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Where:
Roscoe Boulevard at Noble Avenue
Panorama City
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What:
DUI Saturation Patrol

When:
Saturday, January 12, 2013
5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Where:
77th Street Area
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What:
DUI Saturation Patrol

When:
Saturday, January 12, 2013
6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where:
Northeast Area

Background:

Information:
Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.  Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and  other expenses.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. “Over the course of the past year, DUI-related collisions have claimed twelve lives and injured 825 of our friends and neighbors in Los Angeles,” said Lieutenant Ronald Katona, Traffic Coordination Section.

Hopefully, the checkpoints will reduce those tragedies, as well as ensure that drivers have a valid driver’s license.  A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober, designated drivers.  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.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the NHTSA.  Questions regarding the checkpoints or the DUI saturation patrols may be directed to Officer Don Inman at 213-486-0703.

Report Drunk Drivers. Call 911!


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