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News Release

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Media Relations

Valley Traffic Sobriety Checkpoint NA10216kr

WHAT:   
Sobriety and Drivers License Checkpoint  
        
WHEN:   
Saturday, August 21, 2010
7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

WHERE:   
In LAPD’s Van Nuys Area near Sepulveda Boulevard and Valerio Street
        
WHO:       
LAPD Valley Traffic Division Officers
     
WHY:    
The Los Angeles Police Department will join other law enforcement agencies across the state as part of California’s DUI Crackdown Campaign with law enforcement agencies deploying DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints statewide.  Funding for the special enforcement campaign comes as a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 “Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety.  “Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work, and dozens of other expenses. So don’t take the chance. Remember, if you are over the limit, you are under arrest.”

Law Enforcement encourages everyone planning a family gathering over the weekend to first think about how your friends and family will get home after drinking at these celebrations.  Everyone is encouraged to Report Drunk Drivers! Call 9-1-1 and be ready to describe the vehicle, its location and direction of travel to make your community safer into the summer.  With everyone’s help, families won’t remember the weekend as a time of loss at the hands of another drunk driver.

Please contact Sergeant Dawn McCallum at 818-644-8000 or e-mail 27617@lapd.lacity.org for additional information prior to the date of the event.