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One Driver Arrested at DUI Checkpoint

Last Saturday, August 30, the Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI Checkpoint on Olive Avenue at Lake Street in the City of Burbank. A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funded the checkpoint.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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

  • 823 vehicles passed through the checkpoint
  • 823 drivers were screened for signs of driving under the influence
  • 4 drivers were detained for the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • 1 driver was arrested for driving under the influence
  • 1 driver was arrested for an outstanding warrant
  • 9 citations were issued to unlicensed drivers
  • 1 citation was issued for driving with a suspended license
  • 2 vehicles were impounded
  • 25 warnings were issued
    (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

    (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

    (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

    (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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 to Conduct DUI Checkpoint

The Burbank Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, August 30, 2014, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. 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. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Five Arrested at Burbank Police DUI Checkpoint

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

On Saturday, June 7, the Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI Checkpoint on Olive Avenue at Pass Avenue 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 2:30 a.m., and resulted in the following actions:

  • (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

    (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

    1297 vehicles passed through the checkpoint

  • 1278 drivers were screened for signs of driving under the influence
  • 26 drivers were detained for the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • 3 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence
  • 1 driver was arrested for an outstanding warrant
  • 1 driver was arrested on a narcotic related charge
  • 9 citations were issued to unlicensed drivers
  • 3 citations were issued for driving with a suspended license
  • 4 vehicles were impounded
  • 19 warnings were issued
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

One Arrested for DUI at Burbank Checkpoint Saturday Night

On Saturday, August 18, 2012, the Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI Checkpoint on Olive Avenue west of Lake Street in the City of Burbank. A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funded the checkpoint.

Burbank Police give this driver some literature about the purpose of their DUI check point Saturday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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

936 vehicles passed through the checkpoint
926 drivers were screened for signs of driving under the influence
7 drivers were detained for the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
1 driver was arrested for driving under the influence
3 citations were issued to unlicensed drivers
0 citations issued for driving with a suspended license
1 vehicle was impounded

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 Officers work a DUI Checkpoint Saturday evening on Olive Avenue near Lake St. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

No DUI Arrests at Burbank Police Checkpoint Saturday Night

This driver is getting the field sobriety test during Saturday's DUI checkpoint. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

On Saturday, June 2, 2012, the Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI Checkpoint on Hollywood Way north of Winona Avenue 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 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and resulted in the following actions:

859 vehicles passed through the checkpoint 859 drivers were screened for signs of driving under the influence 4 drivers were detained for the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

0 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence

7 citations were issued to unlicensed drivers

1 citation was issued for driving with a suspended license

1 misdemeanor arrest for a warrant

1 citation were issued for driving infractions

0 vehicles were impounded

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 Conduct ‘DUI Checkpoint’ to Keep Roads Safe

“RUOK?,” is the wrong message to send this holiday season.

As you celebrate the holiday season, enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, be reminded that the Burbank Police Department, together with police, sheriff, CHP, and the Avoid the 100 DUI Taskforce, will be working during the holiday season, from December 16, 2011, to January 2, 2012, to arrest anyone caught behind the wheel, driving drunk.   The Burbank Police Department will conduct a DUI checkpoint on Saturday, December 17, 2011, as part of its commitment to the traffic safety campaign.

Burbank Police take a driver into custody at a recent DUI Checkpoint   (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police take a driver into custody at a recent DUI Checkpoint (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

RUOK, is the text message version of the often-heard question, “Are you okay to drive?”  If you have to ask someone the question, you already know the answer. You know he/she has had too much to drink or is showing signs of being, ‘buzzed’.   You know that he/she is not okay to drive. Asking the question doesn’t relieve you of the responsibility.   Call them a cab, take them home yourself, or offer your couch.

DUI checkpoints, multi-agency DUI task force deployments, and roving DUI patrols are scheduled locally, in partnership with law enforcement statewide and around the country, during the Winter Holiday Anti-DUI Campaign.   DUI checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Grant funded drug recognition experts will be staffing many of the checkpoints.

DUI checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, are proven strategies toward achieving the goal of removing impaired drivers from the road and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Burbank PD has two additional DUI-focused operations scheduled throughout the course of the next year.

“There is no holiday cheer behind the bars of a jail cell, contemplating how your actions have injured another person,”  Lt.Puglisi said. “Don’t let your 2011 holiday season end in an arrest or, worse, death. Remember, whether you’ve had way too many or just one too many, it’s not worth the risk.”

In December 2009, there were 753 people killed nationwide in crashes that involved drivers or motorcycle riders with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 blood alcohol content. In California alone, 57 individuals died on the states streets and highways.

“The message is simple. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle or ride a motorcycle,”  said Lt. Puglisi.

The Burbank Police Department recommends these simple tips for a safe holiday season:

  •  Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  •  Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
  •  If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  •  If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement agency or call 911.
  •  And remember, “RUOK?,” is a ridiculous question. If you think they’ve had too much, they probably have. Help them make other arrangements to get home safely.

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is led by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and NHTSA, with the California Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign, combining high-visibility enforcement and heightened public awareness through publicity.

For statewide and local Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign enforcement schedules and daily DUI Arrest/Fatal statistics for the county and region, visit www.californiaavoid.org. The Program is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, who reminds everyone to please – Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!