Driving Under the Influence/Driver’s License (DUI/CDL) Checkpoints are conducted by deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on a regular basis.

Some of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department DUI checkpoints are coordinated by the Sheriff’s Traffic Services Detail and include:

Friday, January 3, 2014, City of Lakewood, 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 4, 2014, City of Bellflower, 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 9, 2014, City of Lynwood, 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Friday, January 17, 2014, City of West Hollywood, 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Friday, January 24, 2014, City of Carson, 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 30, 2014, City of Norwalk, 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Friday, January 31, 2014, City of Bellflower, 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Deputies will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Deputies will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

In 2011, nearly 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 49 lives and resulted in 893 injury crashes harming 1,113 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Joseph Jakl of the Risk Management Bureau.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

“Saving lives, reducing injuries, traffic collisions and property damage is important work,” said Sheriff Lee Baca. "Every life is a life worth saving and we will do our utmost to help keep the public safe."
 

Funding for these operations is provided to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety http://www.ots.ca.gov/ through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration http://www.nhtsa.gov/, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies.

If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

Coordinated by:
Sergeant Daniel A. Dail
Traffic Services Detail
Risk Management Bureau
Internal Investigations Division
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
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AS A DRIVER, PLAN AHEAD WITH THESE TIPS:

Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins

Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks or other promotional items to the Designated Driver

Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.

Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food.

MEDIA NOTES: To schedule an interview regarding the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Safety Operations, please contact Sergeant Daniel A. Dail at 323-890-5400 or via email at DADail@lasd.org

Forwarded by:

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Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff
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