WHITTIER — Whittier police this week announced the department has received a grant of more than $96,000
from the California Office of Traffic Safety to hold sobriety checkpoints.
The grant comes on the heels of another $93,000 grant from the California OTS announced Tuesday to fund special traffic enforcement and crash prevention operations.
“The special DUI Checkpoint grant is to assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug related collisions in the community,” Whittier police officials said in a written statement. “The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educating the public on the dangers of impaired driving through the use of DUI/driver’s license checkpoints.”
Funding for the grant was provided through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For more information, contact Whittier police Sgt. Rob Hanson at 562-567-9256.
PASADENA – Police are stepping up ant-DUI efforts this weekend with a checkpoint, as well as a “saturation patrols,” officials said.
The sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint will take place from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Pasadena, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Extra officers will be on patrol Saturday, focusing on areas with high rates of DUI collisions, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday.
Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanches said DUI-related crashes have killed five people in Pasadena and injured 85 more over the past three years.
Funding for both operations is being provided via a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
WHITTIER – Police are planning to check drivers for sobriety and valid driver’s licenses during a checkpoint Friday, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday, Whittier police Sgt. Rob Hanson said in a written statement.
“Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment,” Hanson said. “Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.
Over the past three years in the Whittier Police Department’s jurisdiction, three people have died and 156 people have suffered injuries in DUI-related collisions, the sergeant said.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
COVINA — A multi-agency sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint late Friday netted five drunken driving arrests, including one driver whose blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit, authorities said.
The operation was held from 6 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday in the 700 block of South Citrus Avenue.
More than 2,500 cars passed through the checkpoint, which was stagged by officers from the Covina, Glendora, Azusa, Claremont, Irwindale and Los Angeles police department, according to Glendora police Community Service Officer Wendy Brewer, who also serves as a coordinator for an anti-DUI task force comprised of more than 100 Southland law enforcement agencies known as Avoid the 100.
Of the five drivers arrested on suspicion of drunken driving during the Covina checkpoint, one had a blood-alcohol level of more than triple the legal limit for an adult of .08 percent, Brewer said.
And Avoid the 100 plans to continue its DUI crackdown through Labor Day, Sept. 12.
More checkpoints were planned Saturday night in cities including Azusa, Arcadia, El Monte and La Mirada.
Since the task force kicked of it’s summer enforcement campaign Aug. 16, more than 975 DUI arrests have been made.
The Baldwin Park CHP will hold a sobriety checkpoint in the unincorporated county area near Covina this Friday.
The checkpoint will start about 7 p.m.
Officers will be equipped with hand-held breath testing devices.
“Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked. If volume becomes too heavy, vehicles to be checked will be selected by a pre-set standard (such as every third or fifth vehicle) to assure objectivity.” Captain Steve Urrea said in a statement.
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Arrests for intoxicated driving during the first day of a county-wide summer crackdown were down 13 percent Friday compared with last year, authorities said.
Officers from a multi-agency law enforcement taskforce known collectively as “Avoid the 100” made 143 DUI arrests between 12:01 a.m. Friday and midnight in Los Angeles County, taskforce spokeswoman and Glendora Police Senior Community Service Officer Wendy Brewer said in a written statement.
One of those arrested Friday was suspected of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and four were accused of being involved in injury crashed while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Brewer said.
Over the same time period in 2012, officials made 164 DUI arrests.
Officials kicked off their summer DUI crackdown Friday. Taskforce members are planning to continue the campaign with sobriety checkpoints and extra patrols to hunt for DUI drivers through Labor Day, Sept. 2.
PASADENA – A judge sentenced a Pasadena man to five years in state prison for crashing an SUV while drunk, badly injuring a passenger, before fleeing the scene with two small children in tow, authorities said.
Jeremy Milan Drew Sr., 39, pleaded guilty in Pasadena Superior Court to one count of drunken driving causing great bodily injury and one count of child endangerment, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jean Guccione said.
Drew who was already on probation due to a prior conviction for possession of cocaine base for sale and child endangerment, officials said. His probation was revoked.
The crash took place May 19 on the 134 Freeway near San Rafael Avenue, California Highway Patrol officials said.
Drew was drunk when he crashed an SUV, badly injuring a man who was riding as his passenger, officials said.
He then got out of the car and ran, taking with him two children, ages 12 and 3, who were also riding in the car, according to the CHP. He was found about a mile from the crash scene with the children. Drew suffered minor to moderate injuries, while the children were treated for minor injuries.
The relationship between Drew and the children was not clear.
PASADENA – Police plan to screen drivers for sobriety and valid driver’s licenses tonight at a checkpoint, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held between 7 p.m. tonight and 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Pasadena, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
The checkpoint is part of a DUI crackdown law enforcement agencies throughout the region will be taking part through Labor Day, according tot he statement.
Funding for Friday’s checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
PASADENA — Police are planning a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint late Friday, officials said.
The checkpoint is to be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Pasadena, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed five lives and resulted in 64 injury crashes harming 86 of our friends and neighbors,”Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.
The checkpoint is being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
WHITTIER — Police are planning to check drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint late Friday, officials said.
The checkpoint will take place from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Whittier, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed three lives and resulted in 100 injury crashes harming 156 of our friends and neighbors,” Sgt. Rob Hanson said.
Regular and well-publicized checkpoints have been shows to reduce DUI crashes by an average of 20 percent, according to the police statement.