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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 17, 2011
Fifty motorists were cited over a two-day period this week for flouting crossing guards at some of Glendale’s most dangerous railroad crossings. Metrolink, Union Pacific and Glendale police conducted the enforcement campaign Thursday and Friday at the rail for crossings at Chevy Chase Drive, Doran Street and Brazil Street because of the large number of vehicles that travel through the intersections to enter the San Fernando industrial corridor....
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 2, 2014
Police have arrested at least 20 motorists during a holiday crackdown focusing on impaired drivers. Four motorists were taken into custody this week on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to Glendale Police Department reports. Another 16 motorists were arrested for alleged drunk and drugged driving during a high-visibility patrol operation and sobriety checkpoint conducted last weekend. The increased enforcement was part of a countywide DUI crackdown, which began Dec. 13 and ended on New Year's Day. Law enforcement agencies arrested at least 2,268 motorists for DUI, which is up by 100 from last year's effort.
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July 16, 2012
Ten motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence during a sobriety checkpoint in Glendale on Friday, police said. Of the 10 arrests, nine were for driving while drunk, the other was drug related, according to Sgt. Richard Phillips. During the checkpoint on Brand Boulevard and Milford Street, officers conducted 25 field sobriety tests. In total, police stopped 679 vehicles and screened 97 cars, according to Phillips. Eight vehicles were towed. Another three motorists were arrested for other driving violations, Phillips said.
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September 17, 2013
Police arrested six motorists Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during a sobriety checkpoint. Authorities stopped more than 1,000 vehicles at the checkpoint at Los Feliz Road and Gardena Avenue, where they screened 77 vehicles and conducted 22 field sobriety tests. Six vehicles were towed and one weapon was confiscated. Officers also arrested 18 motorists for other alleged driving violations. -- Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA . ALSO: Fatal motorcycle crash stalls traffic on westbound 134 Freeway Memorial forest in Armenia to honor expatriate couple Glendale school district says social media monitoring is for student safety  
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | June 28, 2011
CITY HALL — City transportation commissioners this week approved a slate of speed humps requested by residents fed up with motorists speeding through their streets. Residents from three Glendale neighborhoods had petitioned for the speed humps, which they hoped would improve dangerous conditions. “There are people going down that street going 65 mph,” Montrose Avenue resident George Anderson told the Glendale Transportation and Parking Commission on Monday. “We have children playing there …We have to stop this because some kid is going to get run over and killed.” Commissioners approved four speed humps on Montrose Avenue between New York and Pennsylvania avenues, three speed humps on Allen Avenue between Victory Boulevard and Lake Street and two speed humps on Cleveland Road between Glenoaks Boulevard and Zook Drive.
NEWS
March 18, 2013
Police arrested five motorists Sunday as part of a regional St. Patrick's Day crackdown on drunk driving. Officers from Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena and San Fernando stopped 56 vehicles during a roving patrol aimed at motorists who were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Of the 56 vehicles stopped, five motorists were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, according to Glendale police. Officers conducted 21 field sobriety tests and impounded one vehicle. Another two motorists were arrested for allegedly driving on a suspended license.
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By Veronica Rocha | August 19, 2008
GLENDALE — A weekend sobriety checkpoint at San Fernando Road and Palmer Avenue resulted in 12 motorists being arrested. Two motorists were nabbed for drunken driving and driving under the influence of marijuana, Glendale police Sgt. Dennis Smith said. Police conducted 12 field-sobriety tests on motorists during the checkpoint between 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 a.m Sunday, Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. “A lot of people don’t realize [marijuana] could have the same effect as alcohol,” Smith said.
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By Colin Bogart | April 20, 2009
I’m frequently asked about the rules of the road for bicyclists and am surprised to discover how little most people know about the California Vehicle Code and what it says about bicyclists. Several recent letters to the Glendale News-Press (“Safety a reason cyclists go in groups,” Mailbag, April 9; “Bicyclists should stay in single file,” Mailbag, Wednesday) have prompted me to offer some additional commentary. For the purpose of this piece, I will be discussing adult bicycle riders only.
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By Veronica Rocha | August 2, 2008
GLENDALE — Bicyclist Deonne Monory wants to peacefully share city streets with motorists, but the roads have recently become more hostile. Monory was almost hit by a motorist about two weeks ago on Broadway near Glendale Boulevard on her way to work at Glendale Adventist Memorial Center, she said. “I have never been so scared before,” said Monory, 43, of Tujunga. Attacks on cyclists are not uncommon, said Planning and Policy Director Dorothy Le of the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition.
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By Veronica Rocha | July 12, 2008
GLENDALE — Police issued 26 citations to motorists in the city during the first seven days that two cellphone laws went into effect, officials said. The laws make it illegal to use a hand-held cellphone while driving, and don’t allow anyone 17 and younger to use a cellphone — even with a headset or another hands-free device — laptop, pager or other electronic mobile communication devices. California Highway Patrol officials reported that stations in Altadena and Central Los Angeles, whose coverage area includes Glendale, reported that they issued about 20 citations on July 1, when the two laws went into effect.
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March 27, 2014
Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, March 27.  Here are your top headlines in the 818 region: The majority of about 40 people who spoke at a town hall meeting Tuesday night favored a potential plan to transfer La Cañada's Sagebrush territory from Glendale Unified to the La Cañada's school district , a subject that's long been disputed. A 59-year-old motorist died after suffering what appeared to be a heart attack while driving in Burbank, police said.
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March 21, 2014
It probably came as little surprise to local motorists to learn Glendale and Burbank are in the No. 1 and No. 6 spots, respectively, on a report published this week ranking cities throughout California based on the amount paid for auto insurance premiums . After all, the large volume of traffic accidents in our area - all too many of which involve vehicles vs. pedestrians - has been the subject of frequent news reports and opinion pieces. What may have surprised some is the fact that the study, released by ValuePenguin, a consumer finance website, also showed that our area has a high rate of uninsured or underinsured motorists and the highest claims amounts involve drivers who fall into those categories.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 11, 2014
Five motorists were arrested Saturday on suspicion of drunk driving during a police checkpoint. Nearly 800 vehicles drove through the checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Brand Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue, but only 65 vehicles were screened, according to Glendale police. Police conducted 19 field sobriety tests and towed two vehicles during the grant-funded checkpoint aimed at decreasing deaths and injuries tied to motorists who were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 29, 2014
Police cited more than two dozen motorists Wednesday during an undercover operation aimed at those who failed to stop for pedestrians. Twenty-eight motorists received citations mostly for reportedly failing to stop for a Glendale police officer, who went undercover as he walked in an unmarked crosswalk at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Hawthorne Street. They also made two additional arrests - one for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and the other for driving without a valid license.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 2, 2014
Police have arrested at least 20 motorists during a holiday crackdown focusing on impaired drivers. Four motorists were taken into custody this week on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to Glendale Police Department reports. Another 16 motorists were arrested for alleged drunk and drugged driving during a high-visibility patrol operation and sobriety checkpoint conducted last weekend. The increased enforcement was part of a countywide DUI crackdown, which began Dec. 13 and ended on New Year's Day. Law enforcement agencies arrested at least 2,268 motorists for DUI, which is up by 100 from last year's effort.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | November 15, 2013
As the city's focus on traffic safety intensifies, police on Thursday took a different approach on the issue and began citing pedestrians who reportedly failed to follow traffic signs. Police cited 34 pedestrians who either jaywalked or crossed a street and ignored traffic signs during an enforcement operation targeting the walking public on Brand Boulevard between Doran and Colorado streets, Glendale Police Sgt. Mike Glassick said. PHOTOS: Police conduct pedestrian violations operation Officers issued another 62 warnings to pedestrians and handed out pamphlets with information about safety and obeying traffic signs, he added.
NEWS
November 5, 2013
The city of Glendale has a very negative reputation for traffic problems, both for vehicles and pedestrians. Motorists do not upon entering the city become irresponsible. They are simply complying with the city's position that everything must be done to not impede the flow of traffic. So, when we read about hit and runs, traffic accidents, failed stops and speeding in Glendale, we now know the answer. Motorists “hit” can “run” because if they stopped, they would be impeding the flow of traffic.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 10, 2013
Officer Larry Ballesteros wasn't wearing his typical blue uniform as he strolled along an unmarked crosswalk in a busy Glendale intersection on Thursday when suddenly the driver of a white van stopped, made hand gestures and yelled at him. This incident was just one of several close calls Ballesteros encountered while working undercover during a pedestrian sting operation that netted 29 citations to drivers for allegedly failing to yield to pedestrians....
NEWS
September 24, 2013
Six motorists were arrested Friday night during an enforcement operation on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police said. Glendale police heavily patrolled city streets between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. for a DUI saturation patrol operation during which 44 vehicles were stopped and 11 field sobriety tests were conducted, according to Glendale police. Two motorists were arrested for alleged driver's license violations, and two vehicles were impounded, police said.
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September 17, 2013
Police arrested six motorists Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during a sobriety checkpoint. Authorities stopped more than 1,000 vehicles at the checkpoint at Los Feliz Road and Gardena Avenue, where they screened 77 vehicles and conducted 22 field sobriety tests. Six vehicles were towed and one weapon was confiscated. Officers also arrested 18 motorists for other alleged driving violations. -- Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA . ALSO: Fatal motorcycle crash stalls traffic on westbound 134 Freeway Memorial forest in Armenia to honor expatriate couple Glendale school district says social media monitoring is for student safety  
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