Holiday DUI Enforcement In Full Swing

December 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Beware if you’re planning to partake in some alcohol as part of your New Year’s celebration, because law enforcement agencies are already out in force searching for impaired drivers.

According to the LAPD, 10,497 motorists died in DUI-related crashes in the United States in 2016, with 1,059 of those in California. In Los Angeles, officers arrested 10,587 people in the same year on suspicion of driving under the influence, and 2,541 DUI-related collisions caused 1,120 serious injuries and 21 fatalities.    The LAPD and other police agencies in Los Angeles County have announced they will be saturating the streets conducting DUI patrols and checkpoints.

“This holiday season, drivers will notice increased enforcement watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” said officer Don Inman with traffic coordination section. “It is vital that we keep our roads and our travelers safe, not just at the holidays, but every day. With extra travelers on the roads and people celebrating, we will likely see an uptick in impaired driving. The LAPD will be arresting anyone caught driving impaired.”

Anyone arrested for driving impaired could face jail time, a suspension of driver’s license, legal and financial penalties, increased car insurance premiums, court costs, car towing expenses and more. If there is a collision that injures or kills someone, the consequences increase substantially, police said.

The Los Angeles Fire Department and Metropolitan Transportation Authority will also join forces with LAPD to spread the word to drive safely during the New Year’s weekend, and to remind motorists that “buzzed driving is drunk driving.”

The LAPD is also supporting new efforts to educate drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Motorists who take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, could be impaired enough to be arrested for DUI.

Cal NORML, a marijuana legalization advocacy group, is cautioning drivers to be aware of the impact of marijuana use on driving, as recreational use becomes legal across the state tonight at midnight.

Using marijuana can impair your ability to drive safely, NORML said in a press release. Signs of marijuana impairment include:

  • Loss of concentration and attentiveness.
  • Impaired reaction time and emergency decision-making ability.
  • Reduced peripheral vision.
  • Difficulty maintaining a constant speed, following distance, and lane position.
  • Loss of balance.
  • Getting lost even in familiar places.

The group pointed out that using cannabis edibles are “a particular dangerous to drivers since edibles typically don’t take effect for 1-2 hours or more after ingestion, and it can be difficult to know the proper dosage. A 10mg THC dose is considered a full dose for edibles, but inexperienced users are advised to start lower, between 2.5 – 5 mg. (Experienced chronic users can tolerate much higher doses.) All should take edibles only in an environment that is safe to themselves and others.”

“Two simple words can keep your holiday festivities safe: ‘plan ahead,'” said OTS director Rhonda Craft. “Before you head out to any celebration, plan how you are getting home safely. If you are drinking, that means knowing what sober driver or service will be using.”

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.

Metro will be offering free rides on its buses and trains beginning at 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve and continuing until 2 a.m. Monday.

EGP Staff writers contributed to this report.

Vernon Police Plan DUI Enforcement This Weekend

October 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Vernon Police Department will be looking for alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in their city this weekend.

Vernon police said the department will deploy officers on Friday Oct. 27 and Tuesday, Oct. 31 –Halloween – during nighttime and early morning hours to areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests. The stepped up enforcement is in conjunction with the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.

“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,” said police, adding that research shows crashes can be reduced up to 20 % when DUI enforcement activities are advertised and conducted on a regular basis.

In 2014, there were 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries from alcohol involved collisions. Having a designated driver could have prevented those tragedies, according the Vernon police.

“DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze,” Vernon police reminded the public, explaining that marijuana and prescription medications can have the same tragic consequences.

Authorities Step Up St. Patrick’s DUI Patrols

March 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Police across the Southland plan to be out in force today, cracking down on motorists who decide to try their luck driving while under the influence on St. Patrick’s Day.

Multiple Southland agencies have announced plans to saturate streets with officers, as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving” anti-DUI campaign.

St. Patrick’s Day is among the most deadly in terms of alcohol-fueled collisions, according to the federal agency. During St. Patty’s periods from 2010 to 2014, 266 people were killed nationwide in DUI-related wrecks, according to the NHTSA.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the agency made more than 120 DUI arrests on St. Patrick’s Day last year, down from 489 in 2014 and 430 in 2013.

“Any decline in drunk driving arrests is certainly good news, especially if it truly indicates an increase in responsible behavior,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. “However, one years does not necessarily show a trend, and the CHP will continue to remind people of the dangers of drunk and impaired driving.”

CHP officials offered a series of tips for people planning to head out for St. Patrick’s Day:
— designate a sober driver if you plan to imbibe at a St. Patrick’s Day party or anywhere else;
— consider using a taxi, or other pay-to-go ride service, such as Lyft, Curb or Uber, instead of driving after drinking;
— don’t let a friend leave a party under the influence;
— call 911 if you see a someone who appears to be driving impaired; and
— research if a particular city offers a safe-rides program.

Checkpoint Scheduled in Commerce Friday

September 10, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

 The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint in the city of Commerce Friday. 

The checkpoint will take place between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location, according to LASD.

Drivers caught driving impaired will be arrested and face jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can reach over $10,000. According to LASD checkpoints reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug-related crashes by up to 20 percent.

DUI, Drivers License Checkpoint In Commerce

June 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

DUI, Drivers License Checkpoint In Commerce 

Drive sober and choose your ride home, cautioned Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials Tuesday in a statement announcing they would be conducting a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint Saturday at an undisclosed location in the City of Commerce.

Between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m., deputies will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, the announcement said.

Routine DUI checkpoints have been proven to reduce the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes by up to 20 %, the department said.

“Over the course of the past three years in the contract cities policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, DUI collisions have claimed 33 lives and resulted in 898 injury crashes harming 1330 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Daniel A. Dail of Traffic Services Detail. In 2012, California reported 802 DUI related deaths.

Recent statistics reveal 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 most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence.

“Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out,” according to the department.

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