By Aaron Blevins, 7/12/2012
The Los Angeles Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint from 7 p.m. on July 13 to 3 a.m. on July 14 on Vermont Avenue, between 5th and 6th streets.
According to the LAPD, checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses.
All too often, members of the community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers, Lt. Ron Katona, of LAPD’s Traffic Coordination Section, said.
“Over the course of the past year, DUI-related collisions have claimed twelve lives and injured 825 of our friends and neighbors in Los Angeles,” he added.
The DUI/driver’s license checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as insuring drivers have a valid driver’s license. A major component of the checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.