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March 22, 2003
Traffic collisions were slightly up in unincorporated portions of La Crescenta and Montrose during the month of February, according to a report released by the California Highway Patrol. Officer Vince Bell told the Crescenta Valley Town Council on Thursday there were 12 accidents in the area, compared with 10 in January. Six of those were injury collisions, and eight people were injured. One person was fatally injured. Christine Seo, a Crescenta Valley High School student, was struck while crossing the street at Pennsylvania and Altura avenues Feb. 3, and died the next day. Janine Marnien
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April 5, 2011
More than 70 motorists were cited over the weekend in a citywide speed enforcement effort in which drivers were caught reaching speeds of up to 63 mph on city streets, police reported. Six Glendale police officers were assigned to the enforcement detail from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday on city streets in mostly Northwest Glendale, Sgt. Dennis Smith said. Police cited 75 drivers for speeding, including one motorist for traveling at 63 mph and several others who were traveling at more than 50 mph on Victory Boulevard, he said.
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By Veronica Rocha, Veronica.Rocha@latimes.com | February 1, 2011
CENTRAL GLENDALE — Police officials and volunteers scoured city streets this weekend to hand out fliers with tips on safely navigating the roads. Glendale Police Department’s latest public education campaign targeted pedestrians, motorists and businesses on Central Avenue. The thoroughfare has recently been the scene of several major collisions. “When you make the contacts, that’s what really counts,” Sgt. Dennis Smith said. Three teams of police employees and volunteers spent Saturday morning walking Central Avenue, visiting businesses and speaking to residents about traffic safety in an effort to reduce the number of pedestrian-involved traffic collisions in the city.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 15, 2012
Having racked up nearly 100 driving-under-the-influence-related arrests so far this year, Glendale police Officer Bryan Duncan received special recognition Wednesday from the state for his efforts to make streets safer. Duncan was one of a group of about 13 officers statewide who earned the Traffic Safety Excellence award from the California Office of Traffic Safety, said the agency's director, Christopher Murphy, at Glendale Police Department headquarters. Duncan was recognized in part for “all the time he puts toward helping his fellow officers … just trying to help them get more proficient in DUIs,” Murphy said.
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March 4, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- The Glendale district of the Automobile Club of Southern California has recognized the efforts of an area student to prevent drinking and driving. Judy Esber, a ninth-grader at Eagle Rock High School, took a first place award in the club's School Traffic Safety Poster and Communications Contest with her essay on the dangers of driving under the influence. She was awarded $100 for herself and $100 for her school. There were 28 students throughout Southern California who earned first-, second- and third-place honors.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 7, 2010
LA CRESCENTA — While an early-season storm Wednesday caused havoc for motorists on the roadways, local foothills that were scarred during the Station Fire went unscathed. Public Works officials said the recently-burned foothills fared well during the storm, which was expected to bring a half-inch to an inch of rain. The National Weather Service on Wednesday advised residents who live in the recent burn areas to monitor reports during the storm because those areas are susceptible to flooding and debris flows.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 14, 2010
GLENDALE — A 20-year-old Tujunga woman was arrested Tuesday after police say a nearly three-month investigation showed she was texting at the time she drove through a stop sign and killed an 80-year-old Glendale resident in a crosswalk. The woman, Ani Voskanian, was taken into custody at her home Tuesday morning on one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter, Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. "This is not one of those things in which you intended to go kill someone…This is one those things that your actions carry serious consequences," Lorenz said.
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January 27, 2001
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- A low-pressure Pacific storm hit the Burbank and Glendale areas Friday, resulting in an increase in traffic collisions and a lot of folks with wet shoes. The California Highway Patrol reported 134 traffic collisions between 5 and 9 a.m. Friday in the area, up 138% from last week. There were no fatalities or major injuries and no major road closures, and all of the reported accidents were described as minor to moderate, officials said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 8, 2011
Glendale's 2009 pedestrian safety record among seniors was the worst among similarly sized cities in California, according to figures released this week, despite concerted efforts to clamp down on the ongoing issue. The California Office of Traffic Safety figures, which were released this week, also ranked Glendale as having the third-worst overall record for pedestrian safety among cities with a population of 100,001 to 250,000. The city was ranked among 56 cities in 11 categories, which were based on the number of victims injured or killed in collisions involving pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists or alcohol.
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August 19, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman The city is gearing up for the resurgence of its "Drive 25" campaign, urging residents to slow down and keep area streets safe for students returning to school. Deputies will be out and radar trailers will be in place to remind drivers that the reopening of school brings with it a higher potential for accidents. In addition, the city pays for an extra patrol car to monitor the area when school is in session. "It's used as an awareness program," Sgt. Kristin Aloma said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 18, 2014
Last year was devastating for pedestrians in Glendale as traffic-related fatalities saw a 400% jump from 2012. Fatalities jumped to eight last year, which is substantial compared to 2012 when police logged only two traffic-related deaths, according to Glendale Police Department's latest annual crime statistics. [For the record, Jan. 22, 2013: An A1 story that published Sunday titled “Stats reflect traffic dangers” incorrectly stated the percentage of increase of traffic-related fatalities in Glendale last year compared to 2012.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 15, 2012
Having racked up nearly 100 driving-under-the-influence-related arrests so far this year, Glendale police Officer Bryan Duncan received special recognition Wednesday from the state for his efforts to make streets safer. Duncan was one of a group of about 13 officers statewide who earned the Traffic Safety Excellence award from the California Office of Traffic Safety, said the agency's director, Christopher Murphy, at Glendale Police Department headquarters. Duncan was recognized in part for “all the time he puts toward helping his fellow officers … just trying to help them get more proficient in DUIs,” Murphy said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | September 8, 2011
GLENDALE - A 70-year-old Glendale woman who was struck by a refrigerated delivery truck after stepping off a curb died late Wednesday, officials said. Tonya Kisishvili is the first pedestrian to be killed this year in a traffic-related collision on Glendale streets. “This is an unfortunate event we wish wouldn't have happened,” Glendale Police Sgt. Dennis Smith said. Kisishvili had swelling in her brain and was in a coma at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center before she was taken off life support, police said.
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April 5, 2011
More than 70 motorists were cited over the weekend in a citywide speed enforcement effort in which drivers were caught reaching speeds of up to 63 mph on city streets, police reported. Six Glendale police officers were assigned to the enforcement detail from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday on city streets in mostly Northwest Glendale, Sgt. Dennis Smith said. Police cited 75 drivers for speeding, including one motorist for traveling at 63 mph and several others who were traveling at more than 50 mph on Victory Boulevard, he said.
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By Veronica Rocha, Veronica.Rocha@latimes.com | February 1, 2011
CENTRAL GLENDALE — Police officials and volunteers scoured city streets this weekend to hand out fliers with tips on safely navigating the roads. Glendale Police Department’s latest public education campaign targeted pedestrians, motorists and businesses on Central Avenue. The thoroughfare has recently been the scene of several major collisions. “When you make the contacts, that’s what really counts,” Sgt. Dennis Smith said. Three teams of police employees and volunteers spent Saturday morning walking Central Avenue, visiting businesses and speaking to residents about traffic safety in an effort to reduce the number of pedestrian-involved traffic collisions in the city.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 8, 2011
Glendale's 2009 pedestrian safety record among seniors was the worst among similarly sized cities in California, according to figures released this week, despite concerted efforts to clamp down on the ongoing issue. The California Office of Traffic Safety figures, which were released this week, also ranked Glendale as having the third-worst overall record for pedestrian safety among cities with a population of 100,001 to 250,000. The city was ranked among 56 cities in 11 categories, which were based on the number of victims injured or killed in collisions involving pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists or alcohol.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 7, 2011
CENTRAL GLENDALE — Broadway and Glendale Avenue got a new, safe "look" on Thursday. As part of an ongoing public safety campaign, public works crews painted over a large stencil with the word "Look," which was placed at the foot of the crosswalk as a warning to pedestrians to look for oncoming traffic before crossing. The message in English, Armenian and Spanish will be placed at several intersections with high foot traffic as part of the city's "Driven 2 Distraction" public education campaign aimed to curb distracted driving and encourage pedestrian safety, officials said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 14, 2010
GLENDALE — A 20-year-old Tujunga woman was arrested Tuesday after police say a nearly three-month investigation showed she was texting at the time she drove through a stop sign and killed an 80-year-old Glendale resident in a crosswalk. The woman, Ani Voskanian, was taken into custody at her home Tuesday morning on one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter, Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. "This is not one of those things in which you intended to go kill someone…This is one those things that your actions carry serious consequences," Lorenz said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 4, 2010
To the drivers who may pass an overturned car on Verdugo Road near Glendale Community College: Don't worry, it's supposed to be there. The wrecked display — set up on Friday — is part of a public safety campaign by Glendale police to draw attention to the potentially disastrous effects of distracted driving. Similar displays were mounted last month at two locations on Glenoaks Boulevard, where motorists are known to exceed the speed limit. After the displays were set up, police noticed the number of collisions dropped from three per week to zero, officials said.
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By Veronica Rocha, Veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 18, 2010
GLENDALE — The Glendale Police Department won a third-place award in a law enforcement competition recognizing the best traffic safety programs throughout California. The Police Department earned its third-place standing in a category with similar-sized police agencies in the 2009 California Law Enforcement Challenge. Riverside Police Department won first place, and the Bakersfield Police Department took second. "Although we have made improvements, we still have a goal of making it safer that it currently is, so we continue to look at the resources that we have, to look at the grant funding that is available, and to adjust programs," Glendale Police Lt. Carl Povilaitis said.
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