DUI Enforcement Operations Planned in Arcadia This Weekend

Officers from the Arcadia Police Department’s Traffic Division will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alc*hol and dr*g-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.  DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, February 10th between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alc*hol or dr*g impaired crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

In California, alc*hol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Over the course of the past three years officers have investigated over 50 DUI collisions resulting in countless injuries.     

Officers will be looking for signs of alc*hol and/or dr*g impairment.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of dr*g-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more dr*gs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for dr*gs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alc*hol (7.3 percent).  Of the dr*gs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alc*hol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alc*hol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

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-alc*holic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

The cost of a ride home is cheap!  Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

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, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.


Robert T. Guthrie
Chief of Police


By: Kollin Cieadlo
Traffic Sergeant



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