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2.5 million Southern Californians expected to travel for Labor Day weekend

Some 2.5 million Southern Californians will travel over Labor Day weekend, according to estimates from the Automobile Club of Southern California.

More than 90% of them will be driving to their destinations, the AAA said.

With that in mind, many police agencies will be running DUI checkpoints over the holiday weekend.

“Alcohol-related crashes in California have declined slightly in the last couple of years, but there were still nearly 21,000 fatal and injury crashes involving alcohol in 2008 -- more than 57 each day,” Alice Bisno, a spokeswoman for the Auto Club, said in a statement.

“Don’t drink and drive. Also, watch out for impaired drivers, avoid them if possible, and call 911 to report them if is safe for you to do so.”

For more information, visit AAA's website on driving under the influence.

-- Sam Quinones

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this doesnt make sense,

"and call 911 to report them if is safe for you to do so.”

isnt it illegal to use a cell phone while driving?????????


It makes perfect sense if you are passenger, not the driver; not everyone on the road is driving one-to-a-car...

I've always wondered how these stats come about? Does some guy in the back room call everybody up and ask them if they are leaving LA during the holiday? Maybe its the same guy who tells all the Doctors how many months the patient has to live and if the cancer person in remission only has 5 yrs until they are home free?
As a retired nurse I should laugh at this nonsense but its too disturbing to imagine someone putting numbers in someone's head, not estimating, but telling them the hard cold facts. Who has that right let alone that kind of knowledge but God and the person? A woman could live a long time but if her spouse dies unexpectedly and she clings to him, she may die tomorrow of a broken heart. No one should be spouting numbers.

@ jonathan, maybe you're a passenger in a car? SOME people in LA do carpool lol

57 alcohol-related crashes every day -- that's 57 accidents and injuries that could have been easily avoided had the drivers exhibited good judgment and common sense. Of course, with drugs or alcohol involved, judgment is easily impaired which can adversely affect motor and driving skills.

Hopefully, these DUI checkpoints act as a strong deterrent against drunk drivers and help keep the roads safe this weekend. Happy labor day weekend everyone!



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