Spike in Arrests as 19 Are Cuffed at Friday Night’s DUI, Drivers License Checkpoint

Published : Monday, March 25, 2019 | 5:46 AM

Pasadena police traffic section officers arrested 19 people at a police checkpoint at Arroyo Parkway and Cordova Street last Friday night, a jump in previous numbers.

“A majority of the arrests were for people who were driving while not properly licensed.  Four DUI arrests were made at the checkpoint, and is reflective of our community education and partnership efforts,” Pasadena Police Department Traffic Section Lieutenant Mark Goodman said early Monday.

The final of four special traffic enforcement operations in March, this checkpoint was set up at 7:00 p.m. and ran until 3:00 a.m. Saturday, according to Goodman.

Goodman said this year’s focus was on driver education, which meant partnering with local community organizations such as Day One to get the word out to as many people as possible regarding the dangers of driving under the influence.

Police Department messaging reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, particularly those driving or operating machinery warning on the label, can impair and result in a DUI.

Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, police said.

Individuals caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

Funding for this DUI saturation patrol was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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