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Arcadia Police Department
Wednesday September 18th, 2019 :: 04:51 p.m. PDT


DUI / Drivers License Checkpoint: APD Officers will be conducting a checkpoint the evening of Sept 20, 2019.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18th, 2019               
CONTACT:  Sgt. J. Lachenmyer / 626-574-5158  
As we end the summer holiday season, the Arcadia Police Department is determined to make sure your summer festivities are safe by keeping impaired drivers off of the roads. We will conduct a DUI/CDL Checkpoint in the city on Friday, September 20th, 2019, with support from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
The Office of Traffic Safety reminds us of the following: Driving under the influence of alcohol can have deadly, devastating consequences. Nationally in 2016, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and 28 percent (10,497) died in crashes where a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08. California reported 1,059 DUI deaths at .08 or above.
In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving collisions. The Arcadia 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.”  If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI.  Marijuana use can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
“Two simple words can keep your holiday festivities safe – plan ahead,” according to OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “Before you head out to any celebration, plan how you are getting home safely. If you are drinking, that means knowing what sober driver or service will be using.”
Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone.  The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.
Funding for this DUI operation is provided to the City of Arcadia by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.
To avoid a DUI and putting others, and yourself, at risk, the Arcadia Police Department has a few tips to stay safe on the roads:

  • Always designate a sober driver.
  • Use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home.
  • Use your community’s sober ride program.
  • 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 DUI operation is provided to the Arcadia Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police
By:  Officer T. Walton #734
APD Traffic Bureau
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Arcadia Police Department
250 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA 91007

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 626-574-5150

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