Police Announce They Will Deploy Saturation Traffic Patrols on Friday

Published : Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | 3:57 AM

Officers from the Pasadena’s Police Department DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.

DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy this Friday, September 7 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 AM in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20% when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

In California, school involved collisions ld to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years officers have investigated 180 DUI collisions which have claimed 3 lives and resulted in another 81 injuries.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. When possible, specialty trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.

In recent years, California has seen has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. Pasadena PD supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all 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.

Studies of California Drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A 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 the most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that it you’re taking medication-whether prescription or over-the-counter drinking even small amounts of of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.

Drivers are encouraged to download the designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP”, free mobile app for Android or Iphone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for non DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

The cost of a ride home is cheap! Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this DUI operation is funded to Pasadena Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety administration reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Driver-Call 9-1-1.”

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