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BEVERLY HILLS — The Beverly Hills Police Department wants you to know that if you’re a bad driver, they will be paying particular attention to try to ticket you over the coming weeks. And if you don’t drive sober, you should be prepared to be pulled over.

BHPD will be engaged in a “Primary Collision Factor Traffic Safety Operation” looking for violations made by drivers that are most likely to cause traffic collisions. They will also be stepping up efforts to arrest drivers under the influence through patrols and at least one sobriety checkpoint.

From Monday August 19th through Saturday August 24th additional BHPD Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers that are most likely to cause traffic collisions. These violations include drivers speeding, running stop signs, making illegal turns or unsafe lane changes or any other dangerous violation. 

“Whether you are on foot, behind the wheel or on a bike, you play a part in roadway safety,” Beverly Hills Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli said. “Understanding the rules of the road when using any mode of transportation helps ensure we all get to our destinations safely.” 

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As summer comes to a close, BHPD reminds drivers to not get behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs that impact one’s ability to drive safely.  We are headed into Labor Day Weekend which remains one of the deadliest times of year for alcohol-involved crashes.

BHPD is joining law enforcement agencies across the country in the national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. During this period, which runs from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2 (Labor Day), additional officers will be on the road looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

In addition to patrols, the Beverly Hills Police Department will hold a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday August 16th, from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location. 

Driving while impaired is illegal, whether it is alcohol, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications or marijuana.  If you plan on drinking or are taking medications that can affect your driving ability, designate a sober driver or use a ride-share service.

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“There is no excuse for driving impaired when there are so many alternatives available – public transportation, ride share services and designated sober drivers,” said Chief Spagnoli. “Driving while drunk or high is not worth the risk to yourself, your passengers and everyone else on the road.” 

In 2018, the Beverly Hills Police Department investigated 419 injury collisions involving automobiles, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 376 deadly crashes nationwide during the 2017 Labor Day holiday period (Sept. 1 to Sept. 5). Among those crashes, more than one-third (36%) involved a drunk driver. Last year, two people were killed, and 31 others injured in California on Labor Day alone. 

If you see someone driving impaired, call 911. 

Author: Staff

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