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News Release

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Media Relations

LAPD Targets Impaired Drivers with DUI Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols NA14231nv

What:
DUI Saturation Patrol

When:
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 4 P.M. to
Friday, December 5, 2014, 12 A.M.

Where: 
Central Bureau
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What:
DUI Saturation Patrol

When:
Friday, December 5, 2014, 5 P.M. to
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 1 A.M.

Where:
Southwest Area
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What:
Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint

When:
Friday, December 5, 2014, 8 P.M. to
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 1 A.M.

Where:
Huntington Drive at Poplar Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
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What:
Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint

When:
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8 P.M. to
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 1 A.M.

Where:
Sepulveda Boulevard at Parthenia Place
North Hills, California
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What:
DUI Saturation Patrol

When:  
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 5 P.M. to
Monday, December 8, 2014, 1 A.M.

Where:
Foothill Area
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Note:   
Checkpoints are subject to change or cancellation.

Why:
Over the past three years, there have been 7,048 DUI-related traffic collisions in Los Angeles, which have resulted in 60 fatalities and 2,818 injuries.  

In Californian, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Alcohol and drug-impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities in 2012 with 29 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk driver.  A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method to lower these numbers.  Additionally, drivers will be checked to ensure that they have a valid driver’s license.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.  

The Los Angeles Police Department reminds everyone that they can assist in preventing this crime from ever occurring.  If you are planning a gathering or celebration with alcohol included, or if you are out on the town, plan ahead and designate a non-drinking sober driver.  A DUI or drug-impaired arrest can costs up to $10,000 or even more, including time in jail, the loss or your driver’s license and an increase in insurance rates.

The aforementioned enforcement efforts are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Remember, everyone is encouraged to help keep our roadways safe; Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911!  

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. 


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