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DUI checkpoint set for Jan. 18

Posted: January 7, 2013 10:31 a.m.
Updated: January 7, 2013 10:31 a.m.
 


Local sheriff’s deputies are scheduled to carry out a checkpoint for suspected drunk drivers in the next couple of weeks, a sergeant in the station’s traffic unit said.

Sgt. Richard Cohen announced Monday his department will be conducting a “DUI/Drivers License checkpoint” on January 18 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. 

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of “driving under the influence” of alcohol or drugs,  Cohen said in a media release.

The checkpoints along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement serves as a proven deterrent with the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightened awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, he said.

In 2010, 791 died in California DUI 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. 

Over the past three years, local sheriff’s deputies have investigated 212 fatal and injury DUI collisions, according to Cohen. Across Los Angeles County, 730 individuals were killed in drunk-driving wrecks.

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