Police Increase DUI Checkpoints, Patrols
December 14, 2007 California DUI news
LOS ANGELES -- As the holiday party season ramps up, Southland law enforcement agencies will be out in force beginning tonight as part of a three-week, multi-agency task force effort to fight California DUI drunken driving, authorities said.
In Los Angeles County, the California DUI Avoid DUI task forces will conduct nearly three dozen checkpoints and nearly 200 extra patrols during the next three weeks, Investigator Sergio Borbon of the Gardena Police Department said.
The three-week enforcement effort kicks off Friday night with California DUI checkpoints in Southgate, Burbank and Gardena and saturation patrols in Crescenta Valley, Baldwin Park, Newhall and Central Los Angeles, California DUI police said.
There will also be a California DUI stakeout conducted by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department in Walnut.
The local campaign is part of a comprehensive state and national effort to fight California DUI drunk driving, Borbon said.
The state Office of Traffic Safety is providing grant funding for the Avoid DUI program's efforts, including pay for officers working overtime on California DUI sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.
OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy urged people to call 911 if they suspect someone is California DUI or driving impaired.
"Law enforcement can only do so much," Murphy said. "Knowing that other motorists are going to report drunk drivers is a significant deterrent ... one phone call can really save a life."
Alcohol-related deaths increased in California in 2006 for the eighth year in a row. Last year, 300 people were killed and 7,718 were injured in alcohol-involved crashes in Los Angeles County alone. California DUI attorneys know about this.