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Apr 2, 2012
Fountain Valley Police Department Targets Impaired Drivers with Checkpoint

Fountain Valley, CA - The Fountain Valley Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Friday, April 20, 2012, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. The location of the checkpoint will be made available the day of the checkpoint by contacting the Police Department. The Department is continuing its ongoing campaign to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as bring awareness to our community of the dangers of impaired driving. Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have resulted in 83 injury crashes, harming 107 of our friends and neighbors. Everyone can assist in preventing this crime from ever occurring. If you are planning a gathering or celebration with alcohol included, or if you are out on the town, plan ahead and designate a non-drinking sober driver. A DUI arrest costs upwards of $10,000, time in jail and the loss or your driver's license, including years of increased insurance rates. Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 20 percent from 3,434 in 2008 to 2,715 in 2010. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades, when the federal government began compiling figures. DUI deaths declined by 22 percent from 1,025 in 2009 to 791 in 2010. Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities with 29 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk driver. A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method to lower these numbers. Additionally, drivers will be checked to ensure that they have a valid driver's license. Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Remember, everyone is encouraged to help keep our roadways safe; Report Drunk Drivers - Call 911! MEDIA NOTES: To schedule an interview regarding the Fountain Valley Traffic Safety Operations, please contact Lt. Rob Sweaza at (714)593-4529 or via email at robert.sweaza@fountainvalley.org. To schedule an interview regarding impaired driving efforts and programs in California, please contact Chris Cochran, California Office of Traffic Safety, at (916) 509-3063 or via email at ccochran@ots.ca.gov.

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