Burbank Police Schedule a DUI Checkpoint for August 28

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The Burbank Police Department will hold a DUI Checkpoint on Saturday, August 28, 2021, beginning at 7:00 P.M. at an undisclosed location within the city limits.

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Locations for DUI checkpoints are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of these checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving while impaired.

During the checkpoint, police officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and checking drivers for valid licensing.

The Burbank Police Department would like to remind drivers that impaired driving is not specific to alcohol. Some prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs can also cause impairment and interfere with the ability to drive safely. Always read the warning labels on medications and follow all directions for use.

Marijuana can also cause impairment and lead to a DUI. While medicinal and recreational marijuana use is legal in California, driving while under the influence of marijuana is not.

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If you plan to drink alcohol or are using medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan accordingly and enlist a designated driver. A DUI can cost drivers an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

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

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1 COMMENT

  1. I do not support roadblocks of any kind.

    Funding is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, a state agency in charge of allocating funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the form of grants.

    No arrests were made during the last roadblock. These events are for show, do not actually reduce fatalities and many people take rideshares and this is shown in the statistics.

    The utility of these roadblocks is questionable. The funds would be better used elsewhere. I realize the officers benefit from the OT and that the money comes from another agency however it’s all OUR tax dollars. I would suggest law enforcement everywhere stop taking these grants and ask that the money be returned to the taxpayers in the form of lower taxes.

    Very soon fully driverless cabs will be the norm. This is not a pipe dream but these vehicles are already operating in other cities.

    The City would benefit from fewer meetings involving the police and more patrols overall.

    And in reading the police logs, I’d recommend Burbankers make fewer calls for non-police matters such as minor personal disputes people see the City as the mediator and these calls pull gravity away from serious police work.

    I hope we can bring an end to roadblocks. We have come to expect them but they no longer offer the benefits of the past. Everyone I know who goes drinking uses a rideshare.

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