The LAPD has joined with law enforcement throughout the state for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign now to Sept. 3. The LAPD has scheduled DUI enforcement activities over the holiday week in partnership with law enforcement statewide during the summer/Labor Day campaign
While checkpoints will occur in other areas of Los Angeles, local events include a checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Aug. 24 at Sunset Boulevard and El Centro Avenue, and from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Aug. 30 at Vermont Avenue and 6th Street.
In 2010, 791 people died in California in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit. The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.
“On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America,” LAPD Lt. Ron Katona said. “But this tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways. Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this statewide effort, we will make Los Angeles roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period.”
Los Angeles County Avoid the 100 Task Force will also deploy DUI driver’s license checkpoints, multi-agency DUI task force operations and local roving DUI patrols during 18-day summer/Labor Day campaign.
“Obviously, we want to remind everyone that it is illegal to drive impaired, and we hope the campaign will remind people that if they plan on drinking, to never get behind the wheel,” Katona said. “But if someone does choose to drive impaired, we will arrest them. No warnings. No excuses.”
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