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Police Looking for Drinking Drivers, Seat Belt Scofflaws

By Lookout Staff

September 3 -- Drivers will face two safety-related actions over the Labor Day Weekend targeting alcohol use and seat belts.

On Friday, September 3, officers will conduct a “Sobriety Checkpoint” in the 2600 block of Lincoln Boulevard. The checkpoint is part of a national campaign to reduce the number of people killed or injured in alcohol-related crashes and is paid for by a state grant titled “You Drink & Drive. You Lose.”

Through September 8th,officers will be looking for the estimated nine percent of drivers and passengers who do not wear seat belts, in violation of state law.

The special enforcement period is a part of the California Seat Belt Compliance Campaign.

The statewide seat belt program was sparked by a tragic accident in July, when a family of eight traveling on a California highway lost five members in a rollover crash, in which no one was secured by a safety belt or child passenger seat. All were ejected during the crash, and the three who survived were seriously injured.

Police Chief James T. Butts, Jr. hopes that enough Californians will buckle up to make the state the first in the nation to achieve a 100 percent seat belt use rate.
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