Pasadena Police Department has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for an anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on Pasadena roadways. Enforcement measures to combat impaired driving are coming as a result of a recent $136,370 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety to the City of Pasadena. The Pasadena Police Department is dedicated to keeping streets safe through both enforcement and education.
â€œTraffic safety ranks among the highest priorities of the Pasadena Police Departmentâ€, said Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, â€œCollisions have claimed seven lives in Pasadena this year and the programs sponsored with this grant will assist us in our goal of reducing collisions.â€
The special DUI Checkpoint grant is to assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug related collisions in the community. The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.
Drunk and drugged driving, are among Americaâ€™s deadliest crimes. In 2011, in a modern day low of 774 people were killed and over 24,000 injured in alcohol and drug-impaired crashes in California. In 2011, Pasadena experienced 1 killed and 15 injured in these tragic crashes. Crashes involving alcohol have been shown to drop by up to 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. Checkpoints have proven to be the most effective of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent and are supported by nearly 90 percent of California drivers.
Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.