‘End of Summer’ DUI crackdown kicks off

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Several local law enforcement agencies will be taking part in a statewide operation targeting drunken drivers beginning today and continuing until Labor Day as part of the End of Summer DUI Crackdown.

Downey police will be also be participating with a checkpoint tonight held in memory of Jeremy Williams, a 24-year-old Downey man struck and killed by a drunken driver on June 20, 2010.

Williams and three friends ran into a stalled vehicle that had hit the center divider. Investigators learned the driver was intoxicated and failed to turn on the vehicle’s hazard lights.

Williams and his friends exited Williams’ smoking vehicle fearing it may catch fire, according to Downey police. Then a second intoxicated driver struck the 24-year-old, killing Williams and injuring his friend.

The Long Beach Police Department will be conducting saturation patrols in the city on Saturday and a checkpoint screening for intoxicated and unlicensed drivers at 7 p.m. on Aug. 31.

There will be three checkpoints in Cypress beginning tonight then again on Aug. 23 and 24, according to a Cypress Police Department press release.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Norwalk station will be conducting a checkpoint in La Mirada on Saturday, authorities said.

Local agencies will be joining the California Highway Patrol, Avoid DUI Task Forces and more than 115 local police departments for the crackdown.

In 2011, 774 California drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher were killed in alcohol-related crashes.

Authorities encourage people to call 911 if they see a suspected intoxicated driver.

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