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Burbank Police DUI Checkpoint Results

The Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI and
driver license checkpoint on August 15, 2020. The checkpoint was held on Buena Vista Street
between Olive Avenue and Verdugo Avenue, from 9:00 p.m. until 1:30 a.m.

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

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 500 vehicles
were screened. The average travel time for vehicles passing through the checkpoint was about
30 seconds. Of the vehicles screened, the following are results of the checkpoint:

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

 Eight citations were issued for either driving without a valid license or driving with a
suspended and/or revoked license.
 66 warnings were given for traffic infractions.
 Field sobriety tests were administered to four drivers.

There were no arrests made for driving under the influence. This statistic 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.

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

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.

Burbank Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Utilizing Grant Funds Saturday

The Burbank Police Department will hold a DUI Checkpoint on Saturday,
August 15, 2020, beginning at 7:00 P.M. at an undisclosed location within the city limits.

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.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

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.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.

City of Burbank Release DUI/License Checkpoint Results

Release from City of Burbank:

The Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI and driver license checkpoint on August 25, 2018. The checkpoint was held in the vicinity of Olive Avenue and Lake Street between the hours of 7:00 P.M. and 2:00 A.M.

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. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for both police officers and the public.  

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in alcohol and drug-impaired driving crashes. The Burbank Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” 

According to Sergeant Todd Fatta of the Burbank Police Traffic Bureau, about 822 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, all of which were screened. The average travel time for vehicles passing through the checkpoint was about 23 seconds. Of the 822 vehicles screened, the following are the results from the checkpoint:

  • Six citations were issued for driving without a valid driver license.
  • Three citations were issued for driving with a suspended driver license.
  • One citation was given for a vehicle equipment violation.

There were no arrests made for DUI, a very promising statistic. Burbank Police Officers noted the high volume of ride sharing services passing through the checkpoint (e.g., Uber and Lyft), which is another indication that the public is making good choices by arranging transportation to avoid placing people at risk by driving under the influence.

The goal of a DUI checkpoint is not to make arrests.  The deterrent effect of high-visibility enforcement, using both DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols, has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and drug impaired crashes. Research shows that collisions involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20% when well-publicized, proactive DUI operations are conducted. The Burbank Police Department is committed to lowering the number of deaths and injuries upon our roadways and will continue to conduct DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols on an ongoing basis.

This DUI checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.”

Burbank Police to Hold DUI and Driver License Checkpoint August 25

Press Release

On Saturday, August 25, 2018, the Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau will be conducting a DUI and Driver License Checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city limits, between the hours of 7:00 P.M. and 3:00 A.M.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug and alcohol-impaired driving crashes. The Burbank Police Department supports the effort of the Office of Traffic Safety which aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning label, you may be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing and result in a DUI, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

The deterrent effect of high-visibility enforcement, using both DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols, has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and drug impaired crashes. Research shows that collisions involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20% when well-publicized, proactive DUI operations are conducted. DUI checkpoints, like this one, are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Motorists can expect only momentary delays as police officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and checking drivers for proper licensing.

There are so many options available to get you home safely. There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel when you are impaired. To avoid a DUI and putting yourself and others at risk, the Burbank Police Department has the following tips:

  • Always designate a sober driver.
  • Use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home.
  • Have a friend or family member who is about to drive buzzed or impaired? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely.
  • Report drunk drivers – call 911.

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

Burbank Police to Run DUI Checkpoint This Friday

The Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau will be conducting a DUI and Driver License Checkpoint on Friday, December 15, 2017 at an undisclosed location within the city limits, between the hours of 7:00 P.M. and 3:00 A.M.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Burbank Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”

The deterrent effect of high-visibility enforcement, using both DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols, has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and drug impaired crashes. Research shows that collisions involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20% when well-publicized, proactive DUI operations are conducted. DUI checkpoints, like this one, are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence.

Motorists can expect only momentary delays as police officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and checking drivers for proper licensing.

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile application for Android or iPhone. The “DDVIP” application helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for designated sober drivers, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed application even has social media tie-ins and a tab for the non-designated driver to call for alternate modes of transportation.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, education classes, license suspensions, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment often associated with arrest.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Burbank Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.”

One DUI Arrest Made at Burbank Police Checkpoint

New release from the Burbank Police Dept.:

The Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI and driver license checkpoint on August 25, 2017. The checkpoint was held at Hollywood Way and Tulare Avenue between the hours of 9:00 P.M. and 2:30 A.M.

DUI Checkpoint Hollywood Way and Tulare (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

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. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for both police officers and the public.  

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in alcohol and drug-impaired driving crashes. The Burbank Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  

BPD DUI Checkpoint Hollywood Wy & Tulare
(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Police made one arrest for DUI during the checkpoint operation, of a driver suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. The driver was identified as George Alvarenga, a 56-year-old man from Glendale. Alvarenga has several prior DUI convictions. He was booked for felony DUI and is currently being held on $100,000 bail.

Here are some other notable statistics from the checkpoint:

  • A total of 811 vehicles were screened.
  • Seven drivers were evaluated using Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.
  • Nine citations were issued for driving without a license.
  • Two citations were issued for driving with a suspended license.
  • One citation was issued for a moving violation.
  • Two vehicles were impounded.
  • 15 vehicle code violation warnings were given.

The deterrent effect of high-visibility enforcement, using both DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols, has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and drug impaired crashes. Research shows that collisions involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20% when well-publicized, proactive DUI operations are conducted. The Burbank Police Department is committed to lowering the number of deaths and injuries upon our roadways and will continue to conduct DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols on an ongoing basis.

Burbank Police to Run DUI and Driver License Checkpoint Friday

Burbank Police Dept. release:

The Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau will be conducting a DUI and Driver License Checkpoint on Friday, August 25, 2017 at an undisclosed location within the city limits.

Each day, 28 people in the United States die in alcohol-related vehicle collisions. This equates to one person killed every 53 minutes. The deterrent effect of high-visibility enforcement, using both DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols, has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and drug impaired crashes. Research shows that collisions involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20% when well-publicized, proactive DUI operations are conducted.

DUI checkpoints, like this one, are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for both police officers and the public.

Motorists can expect only momentary delays as police officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and checking drivers for proper licensing. When possible, specially-trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes and fatalities.

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile application for Android or iPhone. The DDVIPapplication helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for designated sober drivers, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed application even has social media tie-ins and a tab for the non-designated driver to call for alternate modes of transportation.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, education classes, license suspensions, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment often associated with arrest.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Burbank Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Drivers Call 9-1-1.

Burbank Police Checkpoint Results in Four DUI Arrests

On Saturday, August 27, 2016, the Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI Checkpoint, which was previously announced, on Hollywood Way at Tulare Ave. in the City of Burbank. A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funded the checkpoint.

The checkpoint was operational from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., and resulted in the following actions:

  • 997 vehicles passed through the checkpoint
  • 817 drivers were screened for signs of driving under the influence
  • Four drivers were arrested for driving under the influence
  • Six drivers were detained for the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • Seven citations were issued to unlicensed drivers
  • Two citations were issued for driving with a suspended license
  • Five vehicles were impounded
  • 19 warnings were issued for various vehicle code violation

The purpose of this operation was to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence, to serve as a deterrent to driving while impaired and to reduce the number of persons killed or seriously injured in alcohol-related traffic collisions.

Burbank Police to Run DUI Checkpoint August 27

The Burbank Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint on Saturday August 27, 2016 at an undisclosed location within the city limits, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Burbank Police Departments DUI Checkpoint. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Departments DUI Checkpoint. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20% when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. 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. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public in mind.

In California, DUI’s led to 867 deaths and over 23,000 serious injuries in 2013 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows over 10,000 people were killed by an impaired driver.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.

Recent statistics reveal that 30% 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%) than did for alcohol (7.3%). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4%, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.

Burbank Police Running DUI Checkpoint Saturday Night

The Burbank Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, August 22, 2015, between the hours of 7:00pm and 3:00am. This checkpoint is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The purpose of this operation is to reduce the number of persons killed and seriously injured in alcohol-related traffic collisions and to reduce the amount of property damage caused by impaired drivers. A major focus of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

A DUI checkpoint is a proven, effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Burbank Police Department aims to deter motorists from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Remember, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to safely get to where they are going.