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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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NEWS
August 6, 2012
Eight motorists were arrested Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during a sobriety checkpoint in South Glendale, officials said. Of the eight motorists arrested for DUI at the grant-funded checkpoint on Los Feliz Boulevard and Gardena Avenue, five were for drugs and three were for alcohol, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Rich Phillips. Officers also arrested reputed gang member and parolee Ricardo Bojorquez, 23, of San Pedro who was allegedly hiding a loaded .38 handgun in his vehicle's dashboard, according to Glendale police reports.
NEWS
September 3, 2013
Seven motorists were arrested Saturday night during saturation patrols focused on drunk driving in the city, police said. Of the seven motorists arrested, five were taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and two others allegedly used drugs, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Richard Phillips. The latest patrols were part of an 18-day countywide crackdown on motorists who were driving while intoxicated. Law enforcement agencies sought DUI drivers during routine and saturation patrols as well as DUI checkpoints.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 23, 2011
GLENDALE - Police officers issued more than 150 citations to speeding motorists and distracted drivers as they fanned across Glendale's busiest thoroughfares in the past week. Officers cited 94 motorists for speeding and 78 drivers for talking on cell phones or texting while driving on city streets, Police Sgt. Dennis Smith said. Grant-funded speed enforcements typically yield 70 to 80 citations, Smith said. “It was a little higher than normal,” he said. Police are likely to see more speeders this summer, especially at night, he added.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 10, 2011
DOWNTOWN — Traffic through a mid-block crosswalk that extends across North Brand Boulevard in the bustling thoroughfare’s 500 block has so frightened local workers and residents that many say they have opted to avoid the crosswalk entirely. Kim Wiser and her coworkers have used the crosswalk, which stretches over six traffic lanes, but said the designated pedestrian pathway has been a major safety risk because many motorists won’t stop. “It’s to the point where we don’t even want to walk across the street,” she said.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | May 23, 2013
Police plan to step up enforcement activities Friday against motorists using their cell phones while driving. The plan follows last month's distracted-driving crackdown in which more than 400 citations were issued. Officers assigned to the enforcement operation, which is being funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, will be focused that day on looking only for distracted drivers, Glendale Police Sgt. Harout Bouzikian said. In April, officers cited 425 motorists for holding their cell phones while behind the wheel, he said.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | February 26, 2009
GLENDALE — An officer in plainclothes walked across an unmarked crosswalk at Hawthorne Street and Pacific Avenue numerous times Wednesday to see if drivers yielded to him, and those who didn’t stop received a citation. Many motorists sped by the officer, who wore a white T-shirt and blue jeans, as he walked the unmarked crosswalk, but other drivers stopped for him. Uniformed motorcycle officers quickly followed motorists who made no attempts to stop for the officer, cited them for failing to yield to a pedestrian at an unmarked crosswalk and informed them of the rules for those walkways.
NEWS
January 3, 2012
Five motorists were arrested Saturday during an anti-drunk driving task force in Glendale, police said. Police stopped 138 vehicles during their specialized patrols and performed 12 field sobriety tests on drivers, according to Sgt. Michael Glassick. Two vehicles were impounded during the operation. Five motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol as part of the police taskforce, he added. Another three people were arrested in connection with driving without a valid license, driving on a suspended or revoked license and an outstanding warrant, Glassick said.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 9, 2010
Dozens of Glendale motorists caught chatting or texting were cited during this week's crackdown against distracted drivers, police said. Seven Glendale Police Department traffic officers cited 56 motorists for talking on a cell phone while driving, another four drivers were cited for texting, and a motorist was issued an unsafe speeding ticket for being distracted while driving, Sgt. Dennis Smith said. The 2008 ban applies only to holding the device; Bluetooth and other hands-free devices are still permitted.
NEWS
By Mary O’Keefe | December 26, 2008
Motorists are seeing more California Highway Patrol officers on the highway over the holidays during the Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period that began Wednesday and will run through midnight on Dec. 28. ?If you choose to drink and drive this holiday season, those flashing red lights in your rear-view mirror won?t belong to a red-nosed reindeer, but to a CHP officer?s vehicle,? warned CHP spokesperson Officer Todd Workman in a holiday statement. In addition to having more units out on the roads, CHP reminds motorists to have a non-drinking driver if they plan to attend holiday parties, and to follow all traffic laws including speed limits, and to always wear seatbelts.
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