Police increase patrols for drunk drivers

DOWNEY - The Downey Police Department will conduct a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location within city limits on Dec. 17 as part of its beefed-up enforcement against drunk driving this holiday season. The checkpoint will run from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. "After hearing about the dangers of drinking and driving time after time, most people have gotten the message that if they're planning on drinking, they should always plan a safe way home," said Police Chief Rick Esteves. "But sadly, millions of Americans still think they are invincible and regularly choose to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink." Downey Police officials said young males are particularly at-risk of drunk driving. According to a survey, ¼ of young males admitted to riding in a car with someone who should not have been driving. Last year, 36 people were killed statewide in alcohol-involved wrecks during the last 2 1/2 weeks of December, including three people in Los Angeles County. "We know that the holiday season can be one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America's roadways due to an increase in drunk driving," Esteves said. "Don't let your 2010 end in an arrest or worse, injury or death. Remember, whether you've had way too many or just one too many, it's not worth the risk." Police officials urged residents to report suspected drunk drivers by calling 911. Funding for the checkpoint and increased patrol comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

********** Published: December 16, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 35