Friday DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint by Pasadena Police – Pasadena Now

The Pasadena Police Department will set up a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on March 29 at an unspecified location in Pasadena. According to the Department, such checkpoints are meant to enhance public safety by removing potentially intoxicated drivers from the roads. The selection of checkpoint locations is determined by data on the prevalence of accidents related to drunk driving.

Lieutenant Anthony Russo of the Pasadena Police Department highlighted the serious threat posed by impaired drivers to others on the road. He lauded preventive measures that can curb the incidence of drunk drivers and substantially boost traffic safety, potentially saving lives.

The Police Department seeks to continually remind the public that impairment while driving can be due to sources other than alcohol. Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and marijuana (though legal for medicinal and recreational use), can all negatively impact one’s ability to drive.

First-time DUI offenders can expect to face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety, provides funding for this DUI checkpoint program.

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