Irvine Police Department Press Release
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PRESS RELEASE #06/27/2013
IRVINE, CA (June 27, 2013): The Irvine Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013, on MacArthur Boulevard between Redhill Avenue and Fitch.
This checkpoint is part of a series that will be conducted through the end of the year as part of the Irvine Police Department’s continued commitment to reducing injury and deaths caused by impaired drivers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011, alcohol-impaired driving was involved in 34 percent of traffic fatalities in California. Research has shown that high visibility enforcement (HVE) can reduce drunken driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. The Irvine Police Department publicizes these highly visible sobriety checkpoints to deter impaired drivers, encourage the use of sober designated drivers and to bring increased awareness to the consequences of impaired driving.
The checkpoint will be clearly marked and vehicles will be selected to be checked on a pre-set basis to ensure objectivity. Motorists will be greeted and given information about impaired driving. Driver’s licenses will be checked and trained officers will direct impaired drivers to a secondary area for further evaluation. Most motorists will experience little delay, if any at all.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
IRVINE POLICE DEPARTMENT
One Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 724-7000 www.irvinepd.org
“Working In Partnership with the Community”
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The City of Irvine has a population of more than 212,000, spans 65 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Orange County Great Park – the first great metropolitan park of the 21st century. For more information, please visit www.cityofirvine.org.
Contact : Julia Engen, Lieutenant
Public Information Office
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606