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News Release

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Media Relations

Game Plan for Super Bowl Sunday: Don’t Drive Drunk NA15012jk

Los Angeles: The Super Bowl is America's most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1st, therewill be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That's why the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), California Highway Patrol and law enforcement agencies throughout California are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking or driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

The Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Everyone should be mindful that if you're taking medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment effects. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road.

In an effort to keep the streets of Los Angeles safe during the Super Bowl celebrations, the LAPD will conduct the following sobriety/driver license checkpoints and driving under the influence (DUI) saturation patrols during the upcoming weekend:

Thursday, January 29, 2015

· DUI Saturation Patrol from 4 P.M. to 12 A.M. in Central Bureau.

Friday, January 30, 2015

· Sobriety/Driver License Checkpoint from 8 P.M. to 2 A.M. on Lankershim Boulevard at Vanowen Street in North Hollywood Area.

· Sobriety/Driver License Checkpoint from 10 P.M. to 4 A.M. on Hollywood Boulevard at Gower Street in Hollywood Area.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

· Sobriety/Driver License Checkpoint from 7 P.M. to 1 A.M. on Western Avenue at Slauson Avenue in 77th Street Area.

· Sobriety/Driver License Checkpoint from 8 P.M. to 2 A.M. on Oxnard Street at Laurel Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood Area.

· Sobriety/Driver License Checkpoint from 8 P.M. to 2 A.M. on Cahuenga Boulevard at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood Area.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

· DUI Saturation Patrol from 4 P.M. to 12 A.M. in Central Bureau.

· DUI Saturation Patrol from 5 P.M. to 1 A.M. in Topanga Area.

· DUI Saturation Patrol from 5 P.M. to 1 A.M. in 77th Street Area.

· DUI Saturation Patrol from 7 P.M. to 3 A.M. in Wilshire Area.

"Drunk driving is completely preventable," said Captain Phil Fontanetta, Commanding Officer, Emergency Operations Division. "All it takes is a little planning. We want fans to remember that it's a choice. Drink or drive - but never do both."

For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it's a friend, relative, taxi, or public transportation. For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday. You might just save a life.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the OTS, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The OTS is offering a free mobile app - DDVIP - aimed at thanking the sober designated driver with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants. Available for iPhone and Android. Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink. Stay connected with OTS via: http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS, http://twitter.com/#!/OTS_CA, www.ots.ca.gov.

Be a team player this Superbowl Sunday: Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk. For more information, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.com.



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