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Downey Police Department Holding DUI Enforcement Operations

Downey, CA, March 16, 2020

Downey, Calif. - Additional officers from the Downey Police Department will be on patrol during weekend evenings throughout the month of March, and specifically on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Patrols will take place in areas with a history of DUI crashes and arrests. In 2018, 1,069 people were killed on California roads in crashes involving drivers who had a blood alcohol content over the legal limit (.08 or above). Last year the Downey Police Department investigated 65 DUI crashes that injured 81 people.

The Downey Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Prescription or over-the-counter medications with an “operating heavy machinery warning” on the label can also impair. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

If you plan on drinking, or are taking medications that can affect your ability to drive, please take these precautions to avoid a DUI:

  • Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home.
  • Walking while impaired is also dangerous. Have someone sober walk you home or stay with you until a sober driver is available to pick you up.
  • Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
  • Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who is drinking and how they are getting home.

A DUI charge is not cheap. Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license and possible jail time.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for the City of Downey

Downey, CA, March 3rd, 2020

The Downey Police Department will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation aimed at educating bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians on traffic laws, rules and responsibilities.

Throughout the month of March, officers will be looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians that put roadway users at risk. These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or any other dangerous violation.

Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Bike riders will be stopped when riding on the wrong side of the road, not complying with stop signs and signals, or other violations of the same traffic laws that apply to them as drivers.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate. In 2016, 138 bicyclists and 867 pedestrians were killed on California roads. Pedestrian fatalities are up nearly 33 percent from 2012, and the number of bicyclists killed is up nearly 25 percent over the past five years. In 2019, the Downey Police Department investigated 3 fatal and 97 injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.

“Whether you are on foot, behind the wheel or on a bike, you play a part in roadway safety,” Chief Dean Milligan said. “Understanding the rules of the road using all modes of transportation helps ensure we all get to our destination safely.”

People walking should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections, preferably with a stop sign or signal. People on foot should also look for cars backing up and avoid darting between parked cars, make eye contact with drivers and wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

Drivers should wait for pedestrians to cross the street, avoid distractions like using a cell phone, and be courteous and patient. All bike riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; helmets are required by law for those under 18. Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.

The Downey Police Department supports the new OTS public awareness campaign, “Go Safely, California.” To find out more about ways to go safely, visit gosafelyca.org.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

 

DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this Month

Downey, CA, March 2, 2020

Officers from the Downey Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this month to stop and arrest suspected alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.  DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy during Friday and Saturday evenings in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Over the course of the past three years the Downey Police Department investigated 392 DUI collisions which have claimed 3 lives and resulted in another 268 injuries.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.  The Downey Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

The Downey Police Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI:

  • Decide before you go out whether you plan to drink or drive. You can’t do both.
  • If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver.
  • Take a taxi, ride-share or public transportation. You can also look up sober ride programs using the National Directory of Designated Driver Services (NDDDS): http://bit.ly/DDServices.
  • See a friend or another patron impaired trying to get behind the wheel? Take the keys away and help them make other arrangements to get home safely.
  • Report drunk drivers – call 911.

Volunteering as a designated sober driver? Our designated driver very important person (“DDVIP”) program partners with bars and restaurants to offer non-alcohol specialty drinks for DDs, among other deals: http://bit.ly/OTSDDrinks.

The cost of a ride home is cheap!  Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be up to $10,000 for first-time offenders, including fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

Funding for this DUI operation is provided to the Downey Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

 

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for the City of Downey

Downey, CA, February 19th, 2020                       

The Downey Police Department will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation aimed at educating bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians on traffic laws, rules and responsibilities.

Throughout the month of February, officers will be looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians that put roadway users at risk. These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or any other dangerous violation.

Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Bike riders will be stopped when riding on the wrong side of the road, not complying with stop signs and signals, or other violations of the same traffic laws that apply to them as drivers.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate. In 2016, 138 bicyclists and 867 pedestrians were killed on California roads. Pedestrian fatalities are up nearly 33 percent from 2012, and the number of bicyclists killed is up nearly 25 percent over the past five years. In 2018, the Downey Police Department has investigated 3 fatal and 70 injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.

“Whether you are on foot, behind the wheel or on a bike, you play a part in roadway safety,” Chief Dean Milligan said. “Understanding the rules of the road using all modes of transportation helps ensure we all get to our destination safely.”

People walking should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections, preferably with a stop sign or signal. People on foot should also look for cars backing up and avoid darting between parked cars, make eye contact with drivers and wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

Drivers should wait for pedestrians to cross the street, avoid distractions like using a cell phone, and be courteous and patient. All bike riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; helmets are required by law for those under 18. Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.

The Downey Police Department supports the new OTS public awareness campaign, “Go Safely, California.” To find out more about ways to go safely, visit gosafelyca.org.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Planned for February 21, 2020

Downey, CA, February 18th, 2020

Downey, Calif. – The Downey Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on February 21, 2020, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.  

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing.

The Downey Police Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. Last year The Downey Police Department investigated 157 DUI collisions which resulted in 76 injuries.

The Downey Police Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI:

  • Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home.
  • See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
  • Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
  • Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who are drinking and how they are getting home.

Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Downey Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for the City of Downey

Downey, CA, February 3rd, 2020

The Downey Police Department will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation aimed at educating bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians on traffic laws, rules and responsibilities.

Throughout the month of February, officers will be looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians that put roadway users at risk. These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or any other dangerous violation.

Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Bike riders will be stopped when riding on the wrong side of the road, not complying with stop signs and signals, or other violations of the same traffic laws that apply to them as drivers.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate. In 2016, 138 bicyclists and 867 pedestrians were killed on California roads. Pedestrian fatalities are up nearly 33 percent from 2012, and the number of bicyclists killed is up nearly 25 percent over the past five years. In 2018, the Downey Police Department has investigated 3 fatal and 70 injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.

“Whether you are on foot, behind the wheel or on a bike, you play a part in roadway safety,” Chief Dean Milligan said. “Understanding the rules of the road using all modes of transportation helps ensure we all get to our destination safely.”

People walking should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections, preferably with a stop sign or signal. People on foot should also look for cars backing up and avoid darting between parked cars, make eye contact with drivers and wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

Drivers should wait for pedestrians to cross the street, avoid distractions like using a cell phone, and be courteous and patient. All bike riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; helmets are required by law for those under 18. Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.

The Downey Police Department supports the new OTS public awareness campaign, “Go Safely, California.” To find out more about ways to go safely, visit gosafelyca.org.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

Don’t Get Flagged This Super Bowl Season, Designate a Sober Driver

Downey, CA, January 23th, 2020:

The Downey Police Department is reminding fans attending Super Bowl watch parties to get a safe ride home after the game.

“If you plan on drinking, plan for a ride home with a sober driver,” Downey Police Department Chief Dean Milligan said. “Whether your team wins or loses, you’ll always get the ‘W’ by not drinking and driving.”

Super Bowl LIV falls on Sunday, Feb 2, and The Downey Police Department will increase patrols Feb. 2 ready to flag those suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

In addition, The Downey Police Department will conduct DUI Saturation Patrols throughout the month, aimed at getting impaired drivers off the road.

The Downey Police Department reminds drivers that driving under the influence of anything that impairs is illegal, including prescriptions, over the counter or illicit drugs and marijuana.  If you take prescription drugs, be mindful of side effects, especially if there is a driving or operating machinery warning on the label.

If you’re hosting a watch party, be a team player and have plenty of snacks and non-alcoholic drinks available for designated sober drivers. If a designated sober driver decides to have a drink, make sure someone else who hasn’t been drinking is available to come pick everyone up. Anyone who sees a drunk driver should call 911.

Walking to a bar or party? Walking impaired can also be dangerous, so have someone who is sober walk home with you.

No matter who you are rooting for on Super Bowl Sunday, we are all on the same team when the game ends so remember to go safely.

 

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for the City of Downey

Downey, CA, January 7th, 2019:

The Downey Police Department will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation aimed at educating bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians on traffic laws, rules and responsibilities.

Throughout the month of January, officers will be looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians that put roadway users at risk. These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or any other dangerous violation.

Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Bike riders will be stopped when riding on the wrong side of the road, not complying with stop signs and signals, or other violations of the same traffic laws that apply to them as drivers.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate. In 2016, 138 bicyclists and 867 pedestrians were killed on California roads. Pedestrian fatalities are up nearly 33 percent from 2012, and the number of bicyclists killed is up nearly 25 percent over the past five years. In 2018, the Downey Police Department has investigated 3 fatal and 70 injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.

“Whether you are on foot, behind the wheel or on a bike, you play a part in roadway safety,” Chief Dean Milligan said. “Understanding the rules of the road using all modes of transportation helps ensure we all get to our destination safely.”

People walking should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections, preferably with a stop sign or signal. People on foot should also look for cars backing up and avoid darting between parked cars, make eye contact with drivers and wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

Drivers should wait for pedestrians to cross the street, avoid distractions like using a cell phone, and be courteous and patient. All bike riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; helmets are required by law for those under 18. Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.

The Downey Police Department supports the new OTS public awareness campaign, “Go Safely, California.” To find out more about ways to go safely, visit gosafelyca.org.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

 

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving: Take a Sober Ride Home This Holiday Season

Downey, CA, December 12th, 2019

 The Downey Police Department is reminding everyone who plans to drink to plan on getting a sober ride home.

This holiday season, and every day, the safest way to drive is when you are sober.

To help people get to holiday parties and seasonal travel destinations safely, The Downey Police Department will have extra officers on patrol throughout the holiday season looking for drivers who are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The enforcement efforts are part of a national enforcement campaign to discourage impaired driving.

In addition, The Downey Police Department will hold a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on December 20, 2019 from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location in the city of Downey.

“We want everyone to enjoy the holidays and being responsible plays a major part in that,” said Chief Dean Milligan. “The danger is clear so before you head out for a party, make sure you have a safe way to get home.”

Alcohol is not the only thing that affects your driving ability. Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.

So if you plan on drinking or taking drugs that can impair, play it safe and have a designated sober driver.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for the City of Downey

Downey, CA, December 3rd, 2019

The Downey Police Department will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation aimed at educating bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians on traffic laws, rules and responsibilities.

Throughout the month of December, officers will be looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians that put roadway users at risk. These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or any other dangerous violation.

Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Bike riders will be stopped when riding on the wrong side of the road, not complying with stop signs and signals, or other violations of the same traffic laws that apply to them as drivers.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate. In 2016, 138 bicyclists and 867 pedestrians were killed on California roads. Pedestrian fatalities are up nearly 33 percent from 2012, and the number of bicyclists killed is up nearly 25 percent over the past five years. In 2018, the Downey Police Department has investigated 3 fatal and 70 injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.

“Whether you are on foot, behind the wheel or on a bike, you play a part in roadway safety,” Chief Dean Milligan said. “Understanding the rules of the road using all modes of transportation helps ensure we all get to our destination safely.”

People walking should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections, preferably with a stop sign or signal. People on foot should also look for cars backing up and avoid darting between parked cars, make eye contact with drivers and wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

Drivers should wait for pedestrians to cross the street, avoid distractions like using a cell phone, and be courteous and patient. All bike riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; helmets are required by law for those under 18. Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.

The Downey Police Department supports the new OTS public awareness campaign, “Go Safely, California.” To find out more about ways to go safely, visit gosafelyca.org.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 


 

DOWNEY POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTION

Downey, CA, November 14, 2019

Downey Police Department Awarded Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant from the OTS

The Downey Police Department has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a one-year enforcement and education program. The money will fund various activities intended to reduce deaths and injuries on California roads.

“Beginning October 1st and continuing into the New Year, you will see stepped up enforcement watching closely for traffic violators and anyone who is driving impaired,” said Chief Dean Milligan. “We want to keep our roads safe for all travelers, so we will have zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving.”

The funding from the OTS will be used for numerous programs, including:

  • DUI/driver’s license checkpoints.
  • Patrols specifically looking for suspected alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers.
  • Patrols targeting violations of California’s hands-free cell phone law and vehicle code violations by drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians that put other roadway users at risk.
  • Patrols targeting the primary causes of crashes: Speeding, improper turns, running stop signs or signals, right-of-way violations and driving on the wrong side of the road.
  • Patrols specifically looking for seat belt and child safety seat violations.
  • Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted and impaired driving, bicycle and pedestrian safety.
  • Creating “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders.
  • Officer training to identify suspected impaired drivers and conduct sobriety tests.

“Getting in a vehicle remains one of the most dangerous things we do,” OTS director Barbara Rooney said. “We must continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to shift that realization and make traveling on our roads safer.”

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 



Downey, CA, September 18, 2019

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for the City of Downey                      

The Downey Police Department will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation aimed at educating bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians on traffic laws, rules and responsibilities.

Throughout the month of September, officers will be looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians that put roadway users at risk. These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or any other dangerous violation.

Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Bike riders will be stopped when riding on the wrong side of the road, not complying with stop signs and signals, or other violations of the same traffic laws that apply to them as drivers.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate. In 2016, 138 bicyclists and 867 pedestrians were killed on California roads. Pedestrian fatalities are up nearly 33 percent from 2012, and the number of bicyclists killed is up nearly 25 percent over the past five years. In 2018, the Downey Police Department has investigated 3 fatal and 70 injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.

“Whether you are on foot, behind the wheel or on a bike, you play a part in roadway safety,” Chief Dean Milligan said. “Understanding the rules of the road using all modes of transportation helps ensure we all get to our destination safely.”

People walking should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections, preferably with a stop sign or signal. People on foot should also look for cars backing up and avoid darting between parked cars, make eye contact with drivers and wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

Drivers should wait for pedestrians to cross the street, avoid distractions like using a cell phone, and be courteous and patient. All bike riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; helmets are required by law for those under 18. Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.

The Downey Police Department supports the new OTS public awareness campaign, “Go Safely, California.” To find out more about ways to go safely, visit gosafelyca.org.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Downey, CA, September 10, 2019:

One Size Does Not Fit All: Choose the Right Car Seat for Your Child

Sept. 15-21 is Child Passenger Safety Week

Downey, Calif – The Downey Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies, public health departments and other community organizations to raise awareness about the importance of keeping children in the correct car seat for their age and size. The effort to promote car seat safety coincides with Child Passenger Safety Week, which is from Sept. 15-21.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 46% of car seats are not used properly.

“Children mean the world to parents and caregivers, but unfortunately many are putting them in harm’s way without knowing it,” Downey Police Chief Dean Milligan said.” Our goal is to educate parents and caregivers on how they can keep children riding in the car as safe as possible.”

Under California law, children under two weighing less than 40 pounds and less than 40 inches tall are required to be in a rear-facing car seat. Children under the age of eight or less than 4’ 9” tall must be secured in a car or booster seat. The fine for not securing a child in the correct child safety seat is $490.

To find the right seat for your child, visit the NHTSA website. To find a car seat fitting station near you, contact your local CHP area office or go to the California Office of Traffic Safety website for a listing of car seat programs statewide.

Funding for this child passenger safety program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Downey, CA, August 20, 2019

DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Planned for August 23, 2019

Downey, Calif. – The Downey Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s
License Checkpoint on August 23, 2019, at an undisclosed location within the city limits
between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and
frequency of DUI arrests. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug
impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing.

The Downey Police Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If
you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery
warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be
impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. Last
year The Downey Police Department investigated 157 DUI collisions which resulted in
76 injuries.

The Downey Police Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night
of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI:
   • Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share,
     cab or public transportation – to get home.
   • See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help
     them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
   • Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
   • Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who are drinking and how
     they are getting home.

Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired
and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500.
This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to
mention possible jail time.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Downey Police Department by a grant
from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration.

 


Downey, CA, August 20, 2019:

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for the City of Downey

The Downey Police Department will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety
enforcement operation aimed at educating bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians on traffic
laws, rules and responsibilities.

This Friday and Saturday, as well as every other Friday and Saturday in the month of
August, officers will be looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians
that put roadway users at risk. These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal
turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or
any other dangerous violation.

Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to
drivers who have the right of way. Bike riders will be stopped when riding on the wrong
side of the road, not complying with stop signs and signals, or other violation of the
same traffic laws that apply to them as drivers.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate. In 2016, 138 bicyclists
and 867 pedestrians were killed on California roads. Pedestrian fatalities are up nearly
33 percent from 2012, and the number of bicyclists killed is up nearly 25 percent over
the past five years. In 2018, the Downey Police Department investigated 3 fatal and 70
injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.

“Whether you are on foot, behind the wheel or on a bike, you play a part in roadway
safety,” Chief Dean Milligan said. “Understanding the rules of the road using all modes
of transportation helps ensure we all get to our destination safely.”
People walking should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections,
preferably with a stop sign or signal. People on foot should also look for cars backing up
and avoid darting between parked cars, make eye contact with drivers and wear bright
clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
Drivers should wait for pedestrians to cross the street, avoid distractions like using a cell
phone, and be courteous and patient. All bike riders are reminded to always wear a
helmet; helmets are required by law for those under 18. Bicyclists must travel in the
same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.
The Downey Police Department supports the new OTS public awareness campaign,
“Go Safely, California.” To find out more about ways to go safely, visit gosafelyca.org.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic
Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 


Downey, CA, August 1, 2019:

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for the City of Downey

The Downey Police Department will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety
enforcement operation aimed at educating bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians on traffic
laws, rules and responsibilities.
This Friday and Saturday, as well as every other Friday and Saturday in the month of
August, officers will be looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians
that put roadway users at risk. These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal
turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or
any other dangerous violation.
Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to
drivers who have the right of way. Bike riders will be stopped when riding on the wrong
side of the road, not complying with stop signs and signals, or other violation of the
same traffic laws that apply to them as drivers.
Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate. In 2016, 138 bicyclists
and 867 pedestrians were killed on California roads. Pedestrian fatalities are up nearly
33 percent from 2012, and the number of bicyclists killed are up nearly 25 percent over
the past five years. In 2018, the Downey Police Department has investigated 3 fatal and
70 injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.
“Whether you are on foot, behind the wheel or on a bike, you play a part in roadway
safety,” Chief Dean Milligan said. “Understanding the rules of the road using all modes
of transportation helps ensure we all get to our destination safely.”
People walking should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections,
preferably with a stop sign or signal. People on foot should also look for cars backing up
and avoid darting between parked cars, make eye contact with drivers and wear bright
clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
Drivers should wait for pedestrians to cross the street, avoid distractions like using a cell
phone, and be courteous and patient. All bike riders are reminded to always wear a
helmet; helmets are required by law for those under 18. Bicyclists must travel in the
same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.
The Downey Police Department supports the new OTS public awareness campaign,
“Go Safely, California.” To find out more about ways to go safely, visit gosafelyca.org.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic
Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.