Published : Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 3:05 PM
This Friday, September 27 the Pasadena Police Department will be conducting a dual program with additional officers on patrol specifically focused on drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians who violate traffic laws that increase the risk of crashes.
In addition to pedestrian and bicycle safety, DUI saturation patrols will take place in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.
September is Pedestrian Safety Month, and California continues to see more and more pedestrians getting injured or killed on roads. In 2016, 867 pedestrians were killed and more than 14,000 injured in California alone. A report released earlier this year by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) projected that more than 6,200 pedestrians were killed in the United States last year, the highest number since 1990.
In order to reduce the number of collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists, the Pasadena Police Department will specifically focus on drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians who violate traffic laws that increase the risk of crashes. These violations include speeding, driving or walking distracted and/or impaired, failing to stop for signs and signals, and not yielding to drivers/bicyclists/pedestrians who have the right of way.
“Sooner or later, a driver has to get out of their car and walk, so we are all pedestrians at some point,” Lieutenant Goodman said. “Think about how you would want a driver to act when you are walking, and vice versa. Keep that in mind and follow the rules of the road so we can all arrive where we’re headed safely, regardless of how we get there.”
For the DUI saturation patrol, the Pasadena Police Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
Pasadena Police Department encourages drivers to follow these tips to avoid a DUI:
• Always use a designated sober driver — a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation — to get home.
• See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
• Report drunk drivers – Call 911
• Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who is drinking and how they are getting home.
Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.
Funding for pedestrian and bicycle safety enforcement and DUI saturation enforcement operations are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.