Glendale police to amp up DUI checks

The Glendale Police Department is receiving a grant of roughly $150,000 to fund sobriety checkpoints in the city.

The City Council on Tuesday accepted the $150,310 grant from California Office of Traffic Safety to pay for checkpoints, which allow officers to look for motorists who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Police officials said the grant helps reduce the number of DUI-related collisions, fatalities and injuries.

The grant will pay for 12 checkpoints, overtime costs for officers, and the alcohol screening devices used to measure blood-alcohol levels, according to a city report.

The checkpoint period started Oct. 1 and will end Sept. 30.

Nearly 700 motorists have been arrested for alleged drunk driving so far this year, according the latest crime statistics from the Glendale Police Department. The number of arrests is down by 127 arrests for the same time last year.

The traffic agency awarded the department a $152,550 grant in 2012 to fund DUI checkpoints.

In June, the police department received a $228,000 grant from the traffic agency to pay for education efforts and specialized enforcement.


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