By Aaron Blevins, 8/30/2012
The LAPD has joined with law enforcement throughout the state for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Aug. 17 to Sept. 3, and have scheduled sobriety checkpoints in the city this week.
Today, a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint will be held in the Olympic Area at Vermont Avenue and 6th Street from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. On Sept. 1, a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint will be conducted in the Central Area at Figueroa Street and 9th Street from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
In 2010 alone, 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. But this tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways,” said LAPD Lt. Ron Katona. “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.”