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Huntington Park Police Department
Thursday August 15th, 2013 :: 05:23 p.m. PDT


Huntington Park Police to conduct DUI/License Checkpoints - Fri & Sat, Aug. 16 & 17, 6pm-3:30am. #DriveSober or Get Pulled Over #HPPD

The Huntington Park Police Department - Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, August 16th and Saturday, August 17th, 2013, at undisclosed locations within the city limits between the hours of 6:00PM and 3:30AM.

Funding for these checkpoints is provided to the Huntington Park Police Department by a grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies.

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

We must band together to get drunk drivers off our roads and protect our citizens by continuing to aggressively conduct the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. This year’s campaign will run from mid-August through the Labor Day holiday (August 16 through September 2).

As summer ends and motorists hit the road for one last summer holiday, local law enforcement personnel across the Nation will be out on the front lines in the battle against drunk driving.

It is a war well worth fighting. Drunk driving continues to be one of the most deadly and harmful crimes in America today. Each year, drunk drivers and motorcycle riders are involved in crashes that take the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

In 2011, there were 9,878 fatalities on America’s highways in which drunk drivers or motorcycle riders were involved. That works out to 31 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities for the year -- about an average of one fatality every 53 minutes.

Labor Day holidays are particularly dangerous for encountering drunk drivers, and 2011 was no exception.

• During the Labor Day holiday in 2011, 138 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drivers or motorcyclists whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) registered at least .08 It is illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive drunk (having a BAC of .08 or higher).

• Over this same holiday period, 44 percent of the drivers or motorcycle riders killed who had BACs of .08 or higher were 18 to 34 years old.

• Eighty-three percent of fatalities in drunk driving crashes over the 2011 Labor Day weekend occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.

The deadly tally these highway statistics present is impossible to ignore. America’s law enforcement professionals are, and must be; ready to take up the challenge of continuing to crack down on drunk driving year round, with special emphasis at highly dangerous holiday periods like end-of-summer vacations and Labor Day getaways.

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.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers 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, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

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.

Have you ever seen someone driving down the road that you were pretty sure was drunk, or at least driving dangerously? Haven't you ever said to yourself, "I wish a police officer was here to see this and pull this guy over!"

The Huntington Park Police Department reminds you that YOU can do something to help get drunk drivers off the road. Always designate a sober driver, and if you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911. The public can use the emergency number to report and help police identify drunk drivers before it is too late.

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

Forwarded by:
Lt Neal Mongan
Huntington Park Police Department

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Huntington Park Police Department
6542 Miles Ave
Huntington Park, CA 90255

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Lieutenant Neal Mongan

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