Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CrimeMapping is Up and Running

Our updates are complete and CrimeMapping is back up and running for Arcadia. Take a look at the site and be sure to sign up for notifications when incidents occur in your area.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint This Weekend

Upcoming DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint

The Arcadia Police Department will be hosting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint. The checkpoint will run from 6:00PM Friday, August 19th through 2:00AM August 20thOne of the goals of our enforcement activity is to promote public safety and increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving.  This will be accomplished by providing a highly visible enforcement and publicity campaign, in order to deter intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel and driving.  Through these efforts, we also seek to reduce the number of injuries and deaths associated with collisions involving intoxicated drivers.

We would like to remind the public of the dangers associated with drinking and driving.  Help save a life; call 9-1-1 to report drunk drivers. It simply is not worth it to drive while impaired. 

Don’t forget to visit the Arcadia Police Department News & Information Blog or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Nixle for other pertinent news and information.  Remember, the solution begins with you! 

Funding for these operations is provided from a grant administered by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Robert T. Guthrie
Chief of Police

By: Kollin Cieadlo

Traffic Sergeant

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Weekly Tip - Pedestrians, Crosswalks, and Right of Way

A common concern that comes to the attention of the Traffic Bureau is drivers failing to yield to pedestrians. Pedestrian actions as well as drivers actions are governed by the Vehicle Code. Drivers must yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections, even when there is no marked crosswalk. Use caution when approaching a crosswalk and if you have time to safely stop, yield to the pedestrian waiting to cross. Remember, if the pedestrian has made eye contact with you, they are probably ready to cross. If the roadway is divided, allow the pedestrian to walk past the center line or median before pulling through. If it is an undivided roadway, allow the pedestrian to walk well past the half way point in the road. Always check the curbs and look to see if someone is "darting" off the curb or entering the crosswalk late. Drivers and pedestrians both need to exercise caution and courtesy. Never pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. Approach with caution and make sure the roadway and crosswalk have cleared.

Turning traffic at intersections is also dangerous for pedestrians. Even though you may have a green as a driver, you must still yield to pedestrians. Drivers making right turns must look and allow the pedestrian to step off on the green. Drivers making left turns across the intersection must make sure that not only is oncoming traffic clear, but that there are not pedestrians in the crosswalk in the path of their turn. Again, use courtesy and common sense. If the ped is well across the intersection or past the median point, you may complete your turn. If the ped is approaching you or on your side of the roadway, YIELD to them!

The DMV has a page dedicated to right of way rules regarding pedestrians, crosswalks, and other situations. Take a look for additional information.

Pedestrians outside of a crosswalk or unmarked intersection are also held responsible by the Vehicle Code. The pedestrian may only cross the road when safe to do so and must yield to traffic. The pedestrian may not cross between two signalized intersections. This is what is known as "jaywalking".

Monday, August 15, 2016

Back to School THIS WEEK!

Arcadia schools are back in session this week: Arcadia High School on Wednesday, August 17th and the elementary/middle schools return on Thursday, August 18th. The Arcadia Unified School District calendars can be found HERE. This means we need to be aware of the children during our commutes throughout the day. Allow extra time for your drive if you pass near a school. Traffic will be heavier than normal during the first few weeks of school as parents grow accustomed to drop-off and pick-up routes for our schools. Be part of the solution, not the problem!

•Slow down!

•Allow extra time for your travel.

•Be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists.

•Don't double park or violate parking restrictions!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Seeking Public Assistance - Serious Injury Hit and Run

Incident: Serious Injury Hit and Run Traffic Collision

Date and Time of News Release: August 11, 2016 at 4 p.m.

(Actual Suspect Vehicle)

UPDATE: August 11, 2016 at 11:15 p.m.

Arcadia Detectives have located a vehicle that may possibly be related to this incident.  The vehicle has been impounded as evidence for further investigation.  The driver of the vehicle has yet to be positively identified. The vehicle was found late this evening in the City of Monterey Park.

On Thursday, August 11, 2016, at approximately 7:20 a.m., the Arcadia Police Department responded to the 600 block of W. Camino Real Avenue on a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision. Preliminary investigation revealed the suspect vehicle was traveling westbound on Camino Real Avenue when it struck a pedestrian walking westbound in the street. After colliding with the pedestrian, the vehicle stopped for a brief moment near the intersection of Camino Real Ave. and Baldwin Ave. The driver exited and walked around his vehicle, ultimately getting back into his vehicle and fleeing south on Baldwin Ave. A witness in the area provided the following description of the suspect vehicle and the driver:

Vehicle – Newer, white, 4-door, Mercedes, with Rusnak paper plates

Driver – Male, Asian, Approximately 70 years old, Gray Hair, Clean Shaven, wearing a short sleeve shirt and slacks

Paramedics from the Arcadia Fire Department responded and transported the victim, later identified as 72 year old Roop Garg of Arcadia, to Huntington Memorial Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

The cause of the collision is being investigated by the Arcadia Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5156, case #16-4233. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By: Sergeant Kollin Cieadlo, Traffic Bureau Sergeant 

Crime Mapping Platform Down for Updates

Our CrimeMapping platform will be down for upgrades and unavailable for approximately two weeks, starting Thursday, August 11th. We will let you know as soon as it becomes available for use.