Police Plan DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint

Pasadena Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a Sobriety/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, February 21, 2014, at an undisclosed location within the city limits. The inspection is scheduled to happen between 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Police say the effect of Driving Under the Influence checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Authorities say their research shows that car collisions involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely, actions they say that nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed four lives and resulted in 63 injury crashes harming 83 of our friends and neighbors,” says Pasadena Police Chief Phillip L. Sanchez.

A DUI seems to be the cause of a fatal weekend accident.  Authorities say a deadly crash claimed the lives of six people on the 60 Freeway, near the City of Diamond Bar Sunday. Police arrested a 21 year-old woman on suspicion of DUI and heading the wrong way on the freeway, and, they say, for causing great bodily injury and manslaughter. Officials with the DMV in San Bernardino County report the woman remains hospitalized.

Pasadena Police officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.

Recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  The NHTSA study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s reports shows that checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.

Authorities say DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Police say the locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

Drivers caught driving under influence can expect jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

(Source: Press Release from PPD)