Santa Fe Springs police checkpoint cut short due to rain

SANTA FE SPRINGS — A planned sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in Santa Fe Springs was cut short over the weekend due to safety concerns created by rainfall, authorities said.
The checkpoint, which began about 8 p.m. Friday night along Florence Avenue just west of Pioneer Boulevard, was originally scheduled to continue for about six hours, Whittier police officials said.
But officers dismantled the checkpoint after about two hours due to the rain and increased safety risk it brought with it, Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
Police screened 665 motorists during the checkpoint and cited four for driving without a license, Ellis said. Three drivers were given field sobriety tests, however none were arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving.
The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Police plan checkpoint this weekend in Santa Fe Springs

SANTA FE SPRINGS — The Whittier Police Department is planning a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint late Friday in Santa Fe Springs, authorities said.
The checkpoint will take place from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Santa Fe Springs, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years in the cities of Whittier and Santa Fe Springs, DUI collisions have claimed 4 lives and resulted in 119 injury crashes harming 167 of our friends and neighbors,” Sgt. Rob Hanson 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.

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CHP plans checkpoint near Covina this weekend

COVINA >> California Highway Patrol officers are planning a sobriety checkpoint this weekend near Covina, authorities said.
The checkpoint will be begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location in the unincorporated county area adjacent to Covina, CHP officials said in a written statement.
The checkpoint is being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Sheriff’s checkpoint planned this weekend in Pico Rivera

PICO RIVERA — Deputies plan to check drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint late Friday into early Saturday, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location in Pico Rivera, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Pasadena police plan checkpoint this weekend

PASADENA >> Police will check drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint this weekend.
The checkpoint will be held from 8 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Pasadena, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 4 lives and resulted in 70 injury crashes harming 95 of our friends and neighbors,” Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.
The department’s last checkpoint was held late March 14 into March 15, the night of St. Patrick’s Day.
During that checkpoint, police administered field sobriety tests to 24 drivers, arresting seven on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Hettema said. Nine drivers were cited for driving without licenses, and one driver was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Six cars were impounded.
Pasadena police held another checkpoint late Feb. 21 into Feb. 22.
In that case, police arrested five drivers on suspicion of DUI and one person due to outstanding warrants, Hettema said.
Twelve drivers were cited for driving without licenses during the February checkpoint, and two were cited for driving on suspended licenses, Hettema said. Two vehicles were impounded.
The checkpoints are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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56 arrested at La Puente checkpoint

LA PUENTE >> A sheriff’s checkpoint held in La Puente over the weekend resulted in 56 arrests, including one for drunken driving and 41 for motorists driving without valid licenses, officials said Sunday.
The checkpoint was held from 7 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday at Hacienda Boulevard and Temple Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Of 2,481 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint, deputies screened 1,958 of the drivers.
One person was jailed on suspicion of drunken driving and one person was arrested for drug possession, officials said. One driver was arrested due to an outstanding traffic warrant, and 12 drivers were arrested for driving on a revoked or suspended license.
Forty-one motorists were arrested and sent to court for driving without licenses, according to the sheriff’s statement.
Deputies impounded five vehicles for 30 days, and 13 vehicles were stored for one day, officials said. Thirty-five cars were released to licensed drivers under checkpoint procedures.

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UPDATED: Woman fatally struck by car in Whittier, driver accused of DUI

WHITTIER — A man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after he allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian Wednesday night.
The fatal collision on Mar Vista Street and La Sierra Avenue was reported to Whittier police at 8:39 p.m.
Whittier Police Officer Bradley White said a car heading eastbound on Mar Vista Street hit a woman walking in the roadway.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Lt. Steve Dean said. He said the driver of the Toyota Corolla stayed.
Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, described the pedestrian as a white woman in her 40s, possibly a transient. He didn’t release the woman’s name because her next of kin hasn’t been notified. The autopsy is pending.
The driver, 41-year-old Genaro Gonzalez of Hacienda Heights, was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, according to White.
Gonzalez was being held at Whittier jail in lieu of $110,000 bail.

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Checkpoint planned this weekend in La Puente

LA PUENTE >> Sheriff’s officials are planning a checkpoint late Friday in La Puente, where the past two such checkpoints have resulted in the arrest of 111 people for driving without a license, as well as three for driving while intoxicated.
Deputies from the sheriff’s Industry Station are planning to screen motorists from 7 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within La Puente, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
While the emphasis of the checkpoint is on finding DUI drivers and discouraging others from committing the crime, according to the statement, “Deputies will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.”
The sheriff’s Industry Station provides law enforcement services to the cities of Industry and La Puente, as well as nearby unincorporated county areas including Hacienda Heights, Valinda, East Valinda and Bassett.
But the last two checkpoints held by the station have been in La Puente.
“Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety to officers and the public,” according to the sheriff’s department statement.
During a checkpoint held overnight Feb. 21 and 22, deputies arrested more than 70 people, officials announced. Two drivers were jailed on suspicion of DUI, and one person was accused of driving without a court-ordered ignition interlock device. But the vast majority of arrests, at 55, were for driving without licenses.
At another La Puente checkpoint held overnight Dec. 21 and 22, deputies also arrested more than 70 people. One of the arrests was for DUI, while 56 were for driving without a license.
Funding for the checkpoints is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Officials to stage fatal car crash to caution Pasadena teens of the dangers of DUI

PASADENA >> Officials plan to stage an elaborate and realistic-looking car crash scene in front of La Salle High School Thursday to educate teens on the dangers of drinking and driving ahead of next week’s prom, authorities said.
The “Every 15 Minutes” program will take place beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, and will require the closure of eastbound SIerra Madre Boulevard from Hastings Ranch Road to Michillinda Avenue through 10:30 a.m., Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said in a written statement.
“A realistic mock fatal collision will be staged in front of the school on Sierra Madre Boulevard, just west of Michillinda Avenue,” Hettema said. “Students will be directed to the collision scene and view participating fellow students involved in the ‘tragedy,’”
Members of the public are invited to observe the mock crash scene, as well.
“Over the course of two days, students will experience the ‘grim reaper’ of death, staged loss of fellow classmates and family grief as student participants and their families share their obituaries and deepest thoughts on the subject of drinking and driving,” Hettema said.
In addition to Pasadena police, the Pasadena Fire Department, the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner and Huntington Hospital will take part in the demonstration. A similar demonstration is held at a Pasadena High School annually.
The program began in 1995, when officials noted there was a DUI-related fatality every 15 minutes.
Since then, organizers said, that statistic has been reduced to one death every 51 minutes.
Funding is bring provided by State Farm Insurance.

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Downey couple seriously hurt, Long Beach man accused of drugged driving following 605 Freeway crash

NORWALK — A senior citizen couple from Downey suffered major injuries Sunday when their car flipped multiple times on the 605 Freeway in Norwalk after being struck by another car driven by a drugged driver, authorities said.
Victor Manuel Martinez, 22, of Long Beach was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs in connection with the 10:43 a.m. crash on the northbound 605 Freeway at Imperial Highway, California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada said.
He was exiting the freeway at Imperial Highway when his vehicle struck the curb, sending it over a dirt shoulder and back onto the freeway, where is collided with another car occupied by the man and wife.
The couple’s car flipped several times, according to CHP and Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.
The man and woman, who were estimated to be in their 60s, were taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, fire Capt. Richard Weise said. Updates on their conditions were not available, however both were conscious and breathing when hospitalized.
Martinez was examined by paramedics at the scene and taken into custody, officials said.
It was not immediately clear what drug or drugs Martinez is accused of being under the influence of at the time of the crash.
The crash forced the closure of the right three lanes of the northbound 605 Freeway and resulted in a Sig Alert that remained in effect for more than an hour.

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