GPD Conducting DUI Checkpoints

The Glendale Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on July 13 at an undisclosed location within the city limits.     Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

All too often, members of the community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers.

“Over the course of the past year, DUI collisions have resulted in 106 wrecks injuring 32 of our friends and neighbors in Glendale,” said Sgt Rich Phillips. This DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies as well as insuring drivers have a valid driver’s license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.