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Pasadena Police Department Targets Impaired Drivers with DUI Checkpoint (06/22/2012)

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Pasadena, CA – The Pasadena Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Friday, June 22, 2012, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk or impaired driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for the public.

Officers will contact drivers who pass through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail time, license suspension, insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. “Over the course of the past year, DUI collisions have claimed 2 lives as well as 80 collisions, injuring 40 of our friends and neighbors in Pasadena. This DUI checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies” said Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez.

Officers will be checking drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. A major component of these check points is the deterrent effect it has on those who may be inclined to consume alcohol or drugs, and then drive a motor vehicle. The Pasadena Police Department is committed to raising awareness, enhancing public safety and encourages everyone to use sober designated drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results, in comparison to other DUI enforcement strategies.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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For More Information:
Lt. Randell Taylor (626) 744-7159
Watch Commander (626) 744- 4620

Posted: 6/20/2012 09:40:00 AM