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Pasadena Police Department Targets Impaired Drivers with DUI Checkpoint (07/27/12)

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The Pasadena Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Friday, July 27, 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 be contacting 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 and resulted in 80 wrecks, injuring 40 of our friends and neighbors in Pasadena” said Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez.

This DUI checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies. Officers will be checking drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. A major component of these checkpoints 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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Posted: 7/26/2012 03:40:00 PM