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LASD - Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept Information Bureau (SIB)
Friday April 8th, 2011 :: 10:39 a.m. PDT

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DUI Checkpoint in Santa Clarita, Friday night, April 8.

Sheriff's deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Risk Management Bureau will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence/ Driver's License (DUI/DL) Checkpoint on Friday night, April 8, 2011 from 6 PM until approximately 2 AM.

The checkpoint will be conducted in the City of Santa Clarita.

In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/CDL checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as insuring drivers posses a valid driver’s license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers or impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

A DUI/CDL checkpoint is a proven effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety administration.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades, when the federal government began compiling figures. Driving under the influence deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009, according to federal statistics. Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities in 2009, with 31 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk or impaired driver.

“Everyone in California should be heartened with these figures,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “But as encouraging as this is, we can’t let up on the efforts to encourage and support traffic safety. You can help make your community safe; if you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.”



Detective Daniel A. Dail
Traffic Services Detail
Risk Management Bureau
(323) 890-5400
www.lasd.org


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Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff

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