LAPD Targets Impaired Drivers with DUI Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrol NA16035aj

February 24, 2016

What: Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint

When: Friday, February 26, 2016, 8 P.M. to Saturday, February 27, 2016, 2 A.M.

Where: Vermont Avenue at 5th Street Los Angeles, California _________________________________________

What: DUI Saturation Patrol

When: Sunday, February 28, 2016, 5 P.M. to Monday, February 29, 2016, 1 A.M.

Where: Van Nuys Area _________________________________________

What: Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint

When: Sunday, February 28, 2016, 6 P.M. to Monday, February 29, 2016, 12 A.M.

Where: Ventura Boulevard at Columbus Avenue Sherman Oaks, California _________________________________________

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.

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 license and high insurance rates.

The DUI checkpoints are a strategy that the Los Angeles Police Department is committed to in supporting Vision Zero, which is the City of Los Angeles goal of ending all traffic related collision deaths by 2025. The DUI checkpoints bring a laser focus to communities where DUI traffic collisions are occurring that are preventable through education and enforcement.

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.