Glendora PD Checkpoint This Weekend Set To Honor DUI Victim

Joaquin Sepulveda, the victim of a DUI related accident on Dec 13, 2015

The Glendora PD Traffic Division is dedicating a checkpoint in Glendora to the memory of Joaquin Sepulveda, a Glendora resident, who was killed in a DUI collision in 2015.

GCN was on scene last year when Sepulveda was hit on his motorcycle, mere blocks from his home. The driver of the vehicle that struck Sepulveda was arrested for driving under the influence.

Joaquin Sepulveda

Joaquin Sepulveda

The case is still in the courts and no outcome on a conviction has been reached.

This last Tuesday evening, friends and family held a vigil at the scene of the accident to mark the one year anniversary. Although GCN has remained close with some family members, we did not attend and wanted to give them their privacy for this event.

The following is a press release regarding the DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint from the Glendora Police Department for this weekend.

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Glendora, CA – The Glendora Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint this weekend at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. 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.

Drugs which may impair driving not only include illegal narcotics, but many prescription drugs, marijuana, and even some over-the-counter medications.

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and public.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Glendora Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.”

“The Glendora Police Department is dedicating this checkpoint to the
memory of Joaquin Sepulveda. Mr. Sepulveda, a long-time resident
of Glendora, was killed as a result of being struck by a DUI driver on
December 13, 2015. Today marks the one-year anniversary of this
collision”, a statement in the press release read.

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