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Beverly Hills Cracking Down on the Worst Drivers

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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.” 

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.

“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. 

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Construction Worker Falls Down Embankment in Hollywood Hills

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HOLLYWOOD HILLS — At 7:20AM on April 13, 2020 the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to reports of a person down a hillside in the 6900 block of W Oporto Drive in Hollywood, in the Outpost Estates neighborhood.

Firefighters arrived to find an approximately 30yo male construction worker who fell 30-40 feet down a steep hillside (about 45 degrees).

Oporto Drive in the Hollywood Hills

Firefighters used a two line rope system to safely reach the patient, packaged him into a litter basket and then walked the litter basket back up the hillside.

Due to limited access for fire apparatus and the position of the incident/vehicles, crews used a civilian vehicle as an anchor point for the capston winch (owner on scene and aware). The change of direction was route via the nearest engine and the patient was safely raised back up the hillside and transported to the hospital.

The patient suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital.

Cal-OSHA notified as per protocol for workplace injury. No further details were provided.

The incident was handled by Fire Station 41; Battalion 5; West Bureau; Council District 4; BC5 E227 E41 E482 E76 EM18 EM5 HR3 RA27 RA76 T27 UR88; CH7; 12;

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Traffic Court Hearings Scheduled Through April 16 Postponed

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Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile for the County of Los Angeles, Superior Court announced that effective Friday, March 20, 2020, all Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction court hearings, including trials, arraignments and other Infraction appearances, scheduled between March 17 to April 16, 2020, will be continued for at least 30 days under the emergency order he issued in response to COVID-19-related impacts on Trial Court operations.

“Pursuant to the inherent statutory power I have as the Presiding Judge and the emergency powers granted to me by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil- Sakauye under Government Code Section 68115, I am ordering a continuance of all Traffic and Non-Traffic matters countywide through April 16,” Presiding Judge Brazile said. “It is imperative that we, the nation’s largest trial court, continue to prioritize time-sensitive and essential functions to serve our most vulnerable as we reorganize and reduce our trial court operations and focus on ways we can slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Any Traffic Infraction matters, and all other Infraction matters heard in our Traffic Infraction courts on the date between March 17 through April 16, 2020, will be continued to a later date. This action is authorized under the General Order Judge Brazile signed March 17 to close all courtrooms except to process cases presenting time-sensitive issues and essential functions.

“We will continue to operate our court and reorganize our responsibilities based upon balancing public health directives and meeting our statutory and constitutional due process requirements,” Judge Brazile said. “I do not make these decisions lightly. In this national public health crisis, we must prioritize emergency services and access to justice for the most vulnerable people in our communities while implementing social distancing measures in our courthouses.”

People who had court hearing dates between March 17 and April 16 for Traffic Infraction and Non-Traffic Infraction hearings, including trials, arraignments and other Infraction appearances, will receive updated Court notices by mail.

More than one million Traffic Infraction matters (971,818 Traffic citations, and 37,283 Non-Traffic citations) are filed annually in the Court, including citations for Vehicle Code and Non-Traffic-related Infractions.

Traffic Infraction matters are heard at the following courthouses: Beverly Hills, Chatsworth, Compton, Downey, El Monte, Glendale, Governor George Deukmejian (Long Beach), Inglewood, Metropolitan, Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Torrance, Van Nuys West, and West Covina.

Many traffic matters can be handled without an in-person court appearance by using the Court’s website at:  http://www.lacourt.org/division/traffic/traffic2.aspx.

The Superior Court of Los Angeles County has over 550 judicial officers and more than 4,600 permanent employees serving a diverse population of more than 10 million people. The largest trial court in the nation, the Court has 38 courthouses in 12 judicial districts located throughout the county’s 4,752 square miles.

For the latest updates on Coronavirus/COVID-19-related impacts to Court operations, please consult the Court’s COVID-19 News Center located at the top of our homepage, and follow us on Twitter.

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Valet Crashes Mustang Into West Hollywood Home, Officials Say

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Valet crashes Mustang into front door of West Hollywood home, officials say

WEST HOLLYWOOD (KABC) — If you’re reluctant to leave your keys with a valet, this might not make you feel any better.

A Mustang, apparently driven by a valet from a nearby business, ended up in a smashed-up wreck against the front of a house in West Hollywood, officials say.

Video from the scene shows the muscle car lodged in the outside front entranceway of the home, after taking out an exterior column. The front of the car suffered extensive damage.

The Mustang carried vanity plates that read (heart) RDWINE. Officials say there is no indication of DUI.

The incident happened Wednesday night near the 8700 block of Rosewood […]

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