Thursday, April 4, 2013
Sobriety & Driver's License Checkpoint - April 6, 2013
Incident: Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint April 6th, 2013
The Arcadia Police Department Traffic Bureau will staff a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint during the evening hours of Saturday, April 6th 2013.
The goal of our collective enforcement efforts this weekend 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. It simply is not worth it to drive while impaired. Be responsible and use a sober designated driver. Remember, “Friends don’t let friend’s drive while impaired.”
Additionally, during the entire month of April officers nationwide will be on the lookout for distracted drivers. Studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver.
Studies also show that there is no difference in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations, both of which can result in “inattention blindness” which occurs when the brain isn’t seeing what is clearly visible because the drivers’ focus is on the phone conversation and not on the road. When over one third of your brain’s functioning that should be on your driving moves over to cell phone talking, you can become a cell phone “zombie.”
Jan’s Towing provides a no cost “Don’t Drive Drunk” detour program, 365 days a year, and will provide a free lift home for drivers and their vehicles up to 7 miles in their service area. Call (626) 334-1383 for more information. 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!
Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police
By: Brett Bourgeous, Traffic Sergeant (626) 574-5475