For years, drunk driving has been one of the country’s deadliest crimes. In fact, alcohol-induced accidents killed tens of thousands of people each year and injure many more.
According to a recently published Los Angeles Police Department press release, to tackle this issue and reduce the number of alcohol-induced incidents, the Los Angeles Police Department and local police departments through Los Angeles County will be cracking down on drunk driving with Labor Day sobriety checkpoints. The Los Angeles Police Department’s motto is “if you drive drunk, you will be arrested.”
As stated, the sobriety checkpoint will take place on Labor Day, which is Saturday, September 1, 2007. The checkpoints will start at 6:00 in the evening and go until 1:00 a.m.
The sobriety checkpoint will also take place on Imperial Highway between San Pedro Street and Main Street in the city of Los Angeles and will be run by the South Traffic Crime Task Force Motor Strike Team and South Traffic Officers.
The entire purpose of the sobriety checkpoints is to reduce the numbers of injuries, deaths, and damage associated with drunk and intoxicated drivers. Labor Day one of the top five days when the most alcohol-induced accidents occur. Other days include the Fourth of July, Christmas, and New Years.
In addition, the checkpoint will remind those traveling and living in South Los Angeles areas to drive safely and use designated drivers when they have been drinking. The city also has many taxi cab companies that run non-stop on every day of the week.
All of the funding for the checkpoint comes directly from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Of course, South Los Angeles is not the only place in the city where drunk driving is a problem. Since police can not set up checkpoints everywhere in the city of Los Angeles and even though Los Angeles police officers will be out on full force on evening and night of September 1st, the Los Angeles Police Department is reminding residents to report drunk drivers by calling 911.
When you do call 911 to report the drunk driving incident, try to report the intoxicated driver’s car license plate number and know the location of where you’re at and what direction you are traveling in. This information will help police stop the driver even sooner.
For additional questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact Sergeant Arturo R. Gomez at 213-485-7336 during the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.