For Immediate Release
Sergeant Thomas R. Lorenz, Public Information Officer
Tahnee Lightfoot, Office of the Chief of Police
DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Planned this Weekend
Glendale, CA – Glendale Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on March 8, 2014, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. In addition, nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.
In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths in 2011 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed zero lives, but have resulted in 61 injury crashes, harming 87 of our friends and neighbors and 1,841 drivers have been arrested for a DUI,” said Sgt. Tweedy.
Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their system. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs (14 percent) than alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.00.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Glendale Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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