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Police Announce DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint for Weekend

The DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint will happen at an undisclosed location within Glendale, including parts of Montrose and La Crescenta, on Dec. 14.

The Glendale Police Department traffic officers will check for drivers under the influence and without licenses this upcoming weekend, according to a news release

Police announced that from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., at an undisclosed location in Glendale, officers will conduct a DUI/drivers license checkpoint on Friday, Dec. 14. 

In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher, officials said.

In California, drunk driving led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver, authorities said.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed one life and injured 81 of our friends and neighbors in Glendale,” said Glendale Police Sgt. Richard Phillips.  

“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Glendale needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.” 

Officers will contact drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and aim to delay motorists for a short period of time.

Those caught driving impaired could face jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed more than $10,000.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Glendale Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Officials urge anyone who sees a drunk driver to call 911. 

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ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 13, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Hi, Tim Ryder: Yep, that Cactus event put Cactus on the map so to speak. There does not seem to be any middle ground, Allot of anger about that on both sides. I grew up in Glendale, but now live in Oklahoma ! By all my posts, you would think I still lived there. The thing that boggles my mind is that five mile long twin tunnel thing. Multi Billion dollar projected costs. Never a dull moment out there. Not to be nosy but where do you live. I am 73 and retired..also tired !! Bob
Tim Ryder December 13, 2012 at 07:16 PM
@Timber My analysis of the Glendale DUI arrest data brought a number of questions to mind. The first question is are we getting all the facts or are we being manipulated to by the government for some reason on this issue. Also the average age of a DUI suspect is over 30 years old and the vast majority, over 80%, are males! I think the focus of MADD, originally started by Candy Lightner to tackle the root causes of 'drunk driving' to end the carnage but into morphed into purely a witch hunt on 'drunk drivers', has moved us away from finding solutions to this dangerous activity and is now just an extravagant revenue collecting apparatus financially benefiting a number of special interests. My main conclusion after analyzing the Glendale data is that 'drunk driving' is not deterred by arresting more people and clearly shows the utter failure in that strategy in reducing the activity regardless of what LE is telling us.
Biff Baff December 14, 2012 at 03:05 PM
If you have "one for the road" you'll get a trooper for a chaser.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 14, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Biff: great post, more humor is needed on this site, so lets try this: Two true, but funny news items: Cincinnatti Enquirer Swap column ran this: Will trade complete course on how to be a success for room rent. At the Toronto Nat'l Exhibition show, a thief stole the wax hands off two dummies at the Crime does not pay display.
Tim Ryder December 17, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Hey Robert, I live smack dab right in the middle of Eagle Rock. I work in Glendale, both great towns. The Patch has been really great at highlighting these local skirmishes like the Cactus brouhaha and getting many opinions on the matter. I've learn a lot from others opinions and have even modified my own if I hear something that makes sense. Oklahoma do they have a Patch yet?

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