Friday, March 13, 2009

Sacramento, Torrance, Tracy & Vallejo St. Patrick's Friday DUI Checkpoints while David Hasselhoff put aside his differences with ex-wife Pamela Bach

California DUI checkpoints continue and police took the 46-year-old ex of David Hasselhoff into custody on Wednesday after she allegedly caused a rear end collision.

The Torrance Police Department will be conducting a DUI / Drivers License checkpoint on March 14, 2009 from 8 pm to 3 am (March 15) in the 4300 block of Pacific Coast Hwy. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI / Drivers 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.

A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Torrance Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and / or drugs – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 9-1-1 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Police Urge Motorists to Drive Responsibly this St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Designate a Sober Driver Before the Party Begins

The Sacramento Police Department will be hosting AVOID the15 this weekend to help keep the streets safe this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. We are encouraging people to drink responsibly and designate a sober driver before heading to a local celebration or pub.

On Saturday, March 14, 2009, Avoid the 15 will be having a special DUI saturation patrol in the City of Sacramento to stop and arrest those who drink and drive. The AVOID anti-DUI program brings law enforcement agencies together in a countywide effort to crack down on drinking and driving. Funding for the program is provided by the Office of Traffic Safety.

The number one killer on our highways is the impaired driver. In 2007, alcohol attributed to 1,489 deaths in California with 30,641 injured, many still suffering with life-long disabilities. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that over the past five years, 851 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Out of that number, 327 were killed in crashes that involved a drunk driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

If you plan on drinking, don’t rely on the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day, to keep you safe or to keep you out of trouble. Be responsible and take appropriate precautions.

Police will run a sobriety checkpoint tonight in Tracy, but won’t disclose the exact location until this evening.

The Tracy Police and the California Highway Patrol are targeting drunken drivers and motorists without proper licensing and registration, police said. In the past, officers have set up checkpoints on East 11th Street near MacArthur Drive.

Police will keep the checkpoint open from 8 p.m. tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

The exact location won’t be available until after 6 p.m. tonight.

Vallejo police will be conducting a DUI/drivers license checkpoint today from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at undisclosed locations.

Part of the purpose of the checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence and to encourage sober designated drivers, according to a police press release.

In other California DUI news, David Hasselhoff put aside his differences with ex-wife Pamela Bach to bail her out of jail after her drunk driving arrest on Wednesday.

California police took the 46-year-old actress into custody on Wednesday after she allegedly caused a rear end collision at around 9 p.m. in the San Fernando Valley.

She was booked for a felony at Van Nuys jail after others involved in the collision complained of minor injuries. Bach was released from custody at midnight after posting $100,000 bail. It was her ex-husband, Hasselhoff, who contacted a bail bondsman and paid the sum.

The pair has been embroiled in a bitter legal battle over attorney costs and living arrangements since the "Baywatch" star filed for divorce in 2006 after 16 years of marriage. Bach is due in court on April 6.

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