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August 3, 2013

Cypress Police to conduct end-of-summer DUI crackdown

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The following information was released by Cypress Police Department.

The Cypress Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies throughout California stepping up DUI enforcement at the end of the traditional summer season through Labor Day – August 16 through Sept. 2. During the crackdown period, there will be an increase in law enforcement presence on the roads, including additional officers and DUI checkpoints throughout the state, and those caught driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested.

The Cypress Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints on August 16, 23, and 24, 2013, at an undisclosed location within the city limits, between the hours of 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. The California Office of Traffic Safety is reminding Californians to plan ahead during the crackdown and everyday by designating a sober driver.

“Labor Day weekend is traditionally a time to socialize with family and friends,” said Cypress Police Chief Jackie Gomez-Whiteley. “We need to watch out for each other and not let friends or family members drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Our officers will be out in full force over the holidays, ensuring the safety of our community with a zero tolerance towards drivers with a blood alcohol content of over .08.”

The Cypress Police Department will be joining the CHP, Avoid DUI Task Forces and over 115 other local police departments across the state. Specially trained officers will be on hand to detect drivers under the influence of alcohol as well as legal or illegal drugs. In 2011, over 774 California drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher were killed in alcohol-impaired crashes. A first-time DUI conviction can cost up to $10,000 in fines, legal fees, and insurance increases.

According to 2011 statistics, during the Labor Day weekend in 2011, a total of 138 people across the country were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with a .08 BAC or higher. Of those fatalities, 83 percent occurred during early evening and overnight.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Cypress Police Department by a grant 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.

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