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Drive Sober, And Friday The 13th Won't Have To Be Unlucky: LAPD Running DUI Checkpoint Tonight

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The Los Angeles Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety/Driver’s License checkpoint tonight as part of their ongoing campaign to remove dangerous drivers from the roads and educate the public on safety risks of driving under the influence. The checkpoint will be running Friday May 13, 2011 at Vermont Avenue and 3rd Street from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m..

At the checkpoint they will be looking for proper licensing and signs of alcohol and or drug impairments. Officers will conduct field sobriety tests for anyone suspected of being under the influence. Call 9-1-1 to report drunk drivers.

"Despite the tireless efforts of thousands of advocates and law enforcement officers alike, drunk driving continues to be one of America’s deadliest crimes. This operation will be conducted in an effort to reduce the incident of injuries, death, and property damage associated with the intoxicated driver at this location. Although Southeast Division has experienced a sixty-six percent decrease in Driving Under the Influence related traffic collisions year to date as compared to 2010, four innocent lives have been lost. The checkpoint will serve as a reminder to the community of Southeast Division to use designated drivers and not drink and drive. Our message is simple: if we catch you driving drunk, you will be arrested."

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