The Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint on August 27, 2022. The checkpoint was held on Hollywood Way and Tulare Avenue from 9:00 p.m. until 1:30 a.m.
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.
According to Lieutenant John Pfrommer of the Burbank Police Traffic Bureau, over 800 vehicles were screened. The average travel time for vehicles passing through the checkpoint was about 30 seconds. Of the vehicles screened, the following are the results of the checkpoint:
- One driver was arrested for DUI
- Seven citations were issued for either driving without a valid license or driving with a suspended and/or revoked license
- 10 citations were issued for traffic violations
- Field sobriety tests were administered to five drivers
Only one driver was arrested for driving under the influence, which suggests that drivers are making responsible choices by not consuming alcohol or using drugs that cause impairment before driving or that they are making arrangements for transportation using designated drivers or ride-sharing services.
The goal of a DUI checkpoint is not to make arrests but rather to deter impaired driving with high-visibility enforcement and well-publicized DUI operations. The Burbank Police Department will continue to deploy DUI saturation patrols in the months of August and September. Funding for these operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
I support our police, but I do not support roadblocks, which I feel are un-American.
The City can decline the grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If every municipality followed that plan, there would be hope to reduce the 124.11% debt to GDP ratio which is not a sustainable state of the economy. All the grants add up to billions for the nation. (see: https://www.usdebtclock.org/)
I would support increasing the Burbank PD’s budget for patrols. Doing so would reduce taxes locally because the increased patrols will prevent wrongful death suits and serious accidents all-year-old, rather than having an occasional roadblock.
Nearly every day I see a vehicle driving in excess of at least 2x the speed limit when I am in Burbank.
Thank you for reading.
You are so right. Our God Given rights in this country are too often taken from us. We should be FREE to drive anywhere in our lovely Burbank, whether or not we have been drinking. WHO is to say we have dad too much alchohol? We spend our hard earned dollars on local drinking establishments and should expect the right to drive home without being harassed by BPD or LAPD if we cross into LA city, right? THANK YOU for speaking up for all of us. When I drink and drive I ALWAYS drive 5 miles below the speed limit and never been arrested. Amen!
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