Police warn about New Year’s holiday drunk driving
The Los Angeles Police Department is warning the public about the dangers of drunk driving on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and will conduct sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as DUI saturation patrols, through Sunday, Jan. 3.
The enforcement operation is part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. A DUI/driver license checkpoint will be held on Jan. 2 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Sunset Boulevard and Fountain Avenue in Hollywood. A DUI saturation patrol will also monitor the area patrolled by the LAPD’s Northeast Division, which includes portions of Hollywood, on Sunday, Jan. 3 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
In 2013, the latest year for which statistics are available, 10,076 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a drunk driver. In December 2013, 733 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drivers or motorcycle operators whose blood alcohol concentration was .08 or higher. Ninety-eight deaths and 1,852 injuries related to drunk driving occurred in California in December 2013.
“Drunk driving is a choice you make, and when you make that choice, people can get hurt or die,” said Lt. Dave Ferry, of the LAPD’s Traffic Coordination Section, Emergency Operations Division.