Enjoy the New Year, Stay Alive; Don't Drink and Drive... says LAPD Valley Traffic Division

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the death toll from impaired driving collisions increase during the holidays.


The LAPD wants to remind everybody that drunk driving is dangerous, but it's completely preventable if party-goers use good judgement.

They also want to warn drivers that DUI checkpoints will be conducted on December 31st to detect and arrest drunk drivers.

Valley Traffic Division Detective William Bustos sends these helpful tips to keep you and your loved ones safe and alive for the coming new year. Or at the least, out of jail on New Year's Eve.


Community:  NEW YEAR'S EVE D.U.I. PREVENTION. LAPD Valley Trafffic Division

Hi Patch Readers,

Drunk driving is one of the most serious and preventable dangers we face on our streets. According to the national highway traffic safety administration, the death toll from impaired driving collisions is higher between Christmas and New Year’s Eve because party-goers chose to drink and then drive.

Each year on average, someone is killed by impaired driver in the United States every 50 minutes and someone is injured every minute. Los Angeles police officers last year arrested approximately 9,288 impaired drivers nearly 2000 of those arrests were made in the San Fernando Valley.

During this same time period, there were approximately 2278 collisions involving impaired drivers in Los Angeles, which approximately 960 were arrested in San Fernando Valley. The average cost for a first time D.U.I arrest is approximately $10000. This does not include costs if there are injuries or worse a loss of life.

During the month of December, the Los Angeles police Department has conducted 16 DUI Checkpoints throughout our City and many other DUI checkpoints have been conducted in our neighboring communities. One of these DUI checkpoints will be conducted on the 31st with the goal of detecting and arresting drunk drivers. Our aim is to reduce injuries and save lives!

This New Year’s Eve and throughout the year:

1. Dial 911 if you see a suspected drunk driver on the road.

2. Don’t drink and drive yourself.

3. Take advantage of the MTA or AAA DUI prevention programs.

4. Call a Taxi

5. Have a designated driver.

6. Don’t let the LAPD be your designated driver!

7. Don’t welcome the New Year in jail!


If you are going to include consuming alcoholic beverages during your New Year’s Eve celebration, please don’t forget to plan a safe way home.

Los Angeles Police Department wants everyone to Celebrate this New Year’s evening responsibly. We wish you good Health and for you and for your family to have a safe 2012.

CONTACT: DIII William Bustos (818) 644-8021

For full details, view this message on the web.

Sent by LAPD - VALLEY TRAFFIC DIV., 7870 Nollan Place, Panorama City, CA 91402


The attached video is from the , and it contains the same message regarding DUI checkpoints and safe holiday celebration tips.

Robert Ybarra, Founder, FADD December 29, 2011 at 03:40 AM
Dear friends now is a great time to donate to Fathers Against Drunk Driving. Visit us at www.faddintl.org, the funds will give us the capacity to give away our portable alcoh breathalyzees to the general public. For questions call us at (559)756-1748 or email at robert@faddintl.org. Thank you, and Don't Drink & Drive...
robertburnette December 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM
5 years ago an experiment from Progressive in Texas where drivers voluntarily agreed to let the auto insurer put devices in their cars to essentially spy on them as they drove. The idea was that safer drivers would get lower insurance rates learn more at "Clearance Auto" on the web
D. Jude December 29, 2011 at 05:10 PM
We must also remind you that if you are stopped at a DUI check point and you are sober , driving UNDOCUMENTED and have NO INSURANCE, we will not bother you. You must remember, LAPD policy is Public Safety . And to all of you Law Abiding Citizens who play by the Rules.....you are a BUnch of Fools~~!!
D. Jude December 29, 2011 at 05:13 PM
Chief Charlie Beck....do all of us Law Abiding Citizens a Favor and resign as Police Chief. I hear there is an opening coming up soon for Dog Catcher~~!!


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