DUI checkpoint planned Sept. 17

DOWNEY - The Downey Police Department will conduct a DUI checkpoint Sept. 17 from 7 p.m. to 3 p.m.The checkpoint's exact location has not been determined yet, police officials said. "Our objective is to send a clear message to those considering driving after consuming alcohol and/or drugs. The Downey Police Department has a zero tolerance for those who drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs," the police department said in a news release. DUI checkpoints are conducted to get intoxicated drivers off the street, and to educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving, the news release said. "All too often, members of our community are senselessly killed or injured in an alcohol-related collision; this DUI checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies…A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective deterrent for drunk drivers. By publicizing these education and enforcement efforts, the Downey Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving."

********** Published: September 9, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 21