Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Weekly Tip - It's Child Passenger Safety Week. Get a Seat Check-Up!


The week of September 17-23, 2017, is National Child Passenger Safety Week. This week serves as a reminder to parents and everyone who transports kids to make sure that they are properly fitted for their car/booster seats and seat belts. Visit the SaferCar.gov website for safety tips and links to find a seat check station. Locally, the California Highway Patrol, Baldwin Park Station, and the Glendora Police Department, both offer child seat inspections, by appointment.

Additional resources, restraint laws, and information can be found through SafetyBeltSafe USA / CarSeat.org.





Friday, September 15, 2017

DUI Roving Patrols - September 15, 2017


Contact: Sgt. K. Cieadlo / 626-574-5475


DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this Weekend

Officers from the Arcadia Police Department will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.  DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, September 15th between the hours of 6:00 PM and 2:00 AM 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 alcohol or drug 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, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.  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. 

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.  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 can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent 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 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, 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. 

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.  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’. 


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Welcoming our Newest Officer - K9 Officer Kota


Arcadia PD is proud to welcome K9 Officer Kota to the force. Kota graduated from Gold Coast K9 Academy along with his handler, Officer Travis Sargent. Kota is a 3-year-old Dutch Shepherd and was selected from eastern Europe by Gold Coast K9. He is a confident K9 with strong drive and hunt, and a balanced temperament. Kota is trained as a dual purpose K9 in both Patrol duties and Explosives Detection. 

Thank you to the Arcadia Police Foundation who made possible the funding for purchase and training of Kota. The Foundation also funded K9 Officer Zoli who came on board in 2016.

Weekly Activity Highlights for September 3 - 9, 2017

https://www.arcadiaca.gov/home/showdocument?id=11514

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Weekly Tip - STOP for School Bus Red Lights!

School buses are equipped with flashing red lights that are activated by the driver when loading or unloading pupils. California law requires that drivers approaching from either side of the bus must stop and remain stopped while the red lights and stop arms are activated. The only exceptions to the law come into play when the bus is stopped on a roadway with multiple lanes and a divided highway or a raised center divider. If you are approaching from the opposite direction and on the opposite side of the road from the bus on a divided highway, you may proceed. This section, CVC 22454, also applies to private roads. (Photo courtesy of Sarasota County Sheriff)

This law was created for the safety of our students. It is imperative that drivers yield and stop for buses with red lights on. School bus drivers are required to assist pupils when crossing in front of the bus and may appear at any time. Be aware of pedestrians and watch out for darting kids!