New Year’s Eve D.U.I. News Conference and Sobriety Checkpoint NA10342bb

December 29, 2010

Updated location and time
December 28, 2010

News Conference

Friday, December 31, 2010, at 1:00 p.m.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (M.T.A.) Red Line Station
5350 North Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, 4th Council District
Deputy Chief Kirk J. Albanese, Commanding Officer, Operations Valley Bureau
Commander James H. Cansler, Commanding Officer, Operations Valley Bureau
Captain William D. Sutton, Commanding Officer, Valley Traffic Division
Captain Ivan Minsal, Commanding Officer, Topanga Patrol
Detective William F. Bustos, Valley Traffic Division (Spanish speaker)
Mr. Marc Littman, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (M.T.A.)
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) representative

*A relative of someone who was killed in a D.U.I. traffic collision will be present to share her story.

To educate the motoring public of the dangers of drinking and driving as well as to detect and remove those drivers who are impaired.  The goal is to reduce the number of injuries, deaths and property damage associated with impaired driving in our communities.

LAPD officers arrested 10,551 intoxicated drivers in 2009.  During this same time period there were 2,027 collisions involving impaired drivers in the City.

Funding for this D.U.I. sobriety checkpoint comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Los Angeles Police Department wants everyone to celebrate this New Year’s weekend responsibly.  If you become intoxicated, do not get behind the wheel of a car or motorcycle.  Use a designated driver or public transportation. Do not welcome the New Year in jail!

For further information please contact Detective Bustos at 818-644-8021.