Police Arrest 3 During Saturation Patrol, Warn Drivers a DUI Arrest Can Cost $13,500

Published : Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 8:14 AM

Pasadena police Traffic Section personnel during a recent deployment. Photo by Lt. Jason Clawson via Twitter

Pasadena police conducted a citywide Driving Under the Influence saturation patrol Friday night which ran into Saturday morning and resulted in three arrests. To those arrested for DUI, the fallout can be devastating.

Traffic Section Lt. Mark Goodman 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.

Worse, of course, are the other possible outcomes besides arrest, such as causing a collision which results in injuries or fatalities.

Seventy-nine vehicle enforcement stops were made throughout the operation, which ran from 6:00 p.m. on Feb. 8 to 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Two of those arrested were booked on suspicion of DUI, and another adult motorist was arrested and cited in the field for driving without a driver’s license.

Thirty-three citations were issued for traffic violations during the operation.

“The number of DUI arrests this evening suggests that people are listening to DUI education and prevention efforts and are using taxi or rideshare services,” said Traffic Section Lieutenant Mark Goodman.

Goodman said that he often discusses DUI prevention with community members who tell him they regularly plan ahead or designate a driver when visiting restaurants or other establishments that serve alcohol.

“Planning ahead is the key to staying safe when out on the town,” said Goodman.

The Pasadena Police Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, particularly those with a 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.

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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