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La Palma : Sobriety Checkpoint to Be Set Up Friday Night

La Palma police plan to set up a sobriety checkpoint somewhere within the city limits Friday night in an effort to deter drunk drivers.

The anti-drunk driving safeguard is the third in a series undertaken jointly by police in La Palma, Cypress, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach. About 18 officers from the four departments will make random stops of cars at the checkpoint, speak briefly with the driver, and--if necessary in the officer’s judgment--conduct a visual test of balance and coordination to spot possible drunk drivers.

La Palma Police Chief Police Norman Hansen, citing the “psychological influence” that advance notice of the program may have on those who might drink and drive, stressed that the checkpoint “is not expected to produce a dramatic number of arrests, but rather (to) reduce the number of drunk drivers.”

The location of the checkpoint will be announced to media two hours before the start of the checks, police said.

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