DUI Saturation Patrol Planned for Friday, March 8

PASADENA, Calif.—Officers from Pasadena Police Department will be out on Friday evening, March 8, looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

DUI saturation patrols will take place in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests. In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. Last year, Pasadena Police Department investigated 82 DUI collisions, which claimed one life and resulted in another 59 injuries.

In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. Pasadena Police Department reminds 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.

Pasadena Police Department offers these tips to avoid a DUI:

• Always use a designated sober driver (a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation) to get home.
• If you see someone who is clearly impaired try to drive, take their keys and help them make arrangements to find a sober way home.
• Call 9-1-1 to report drunk drivers.
• Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who’s drinking and how they are getting home.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the cost of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, legal fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses, not to mention possible jail time.

In addition to the DUI saturation patrol, Traffic Section personnel will be participating in a “Know Your Limits” program the same evening. For most, it’s common knowledge that the legal blood alcohol (BAC) limit for operating a motor vehicle in the state of California is less than .08 percent. However, many people might not realize how much alcohol or, more importantly, how little alcohol it takes to get to a BAC of .08 percent.

“Know Your Limits” is not intended as a scare tactic. Instead, it is designed to educate the community and encourage citizens to designate a sober driver and make good choices. “It only takes a couple of drinks to reach the BAC limit,” said Lieutenant Mark Goodman of Pasadena Police Department's Traffic Section.

The program is also a great community engagement opportunity. “We truly care about the safety of people in our bars and restaurants, and want to make sure everyone gets home safely,” said Lieutenant Goodman. Pasadena Police Department is working with business owners to make sure the program is a positive influence on their patrons and does not negatively impact their business.

Funding for this DUI operation and the “Know Your Limit” program is provided to the Pasadena Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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