PASADENA, Calif.—Pasadena police officers will be looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs on Friday, July 24.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Pasadena Police Department is committed to keeping the public safe while running essential errands.
“Safety is paramount, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Traffic Lieutenant Max Dahlstein. “We are all in this together and want everyone to be as safe as possible when they are out. One way to do that is by not driving impaired.”
Pasadena Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving doesn't just mean driving under the influence of alcohol: some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may also interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home. Driving sober is your safest bet.
Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI will pay a stiff price: an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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