Admin Note: As it turned out the night was mainly full of people failing to turn on their headlights (and a few red light runners), but I’ll let you read on to see how the night went with the……..,
Palo Alto PD Virtual Ride-Along
20:26: Chief Burns is covering another officer on a commercial business alarm sounding
20:35: The business is secure and we’re back to DUI patrol.
20:39: While DUIs can occur anywhere, the high number of restaurants & bars downtown cause us to focus attention there.
20:43: If you live / work in Palo Alto, program our 24-hr non-emergency number into your cell: 650-329-2413
20:44: If you ever see a suspected impaired driver, call 9-1-1 and provide a detailed description.
20:50: Fact: Over Labor Day in 2011, 36% of all fatal traffic crashes nationwide were due to DUI.
20:52: Downtown is very crowed tonight. Lots of people out and about enjoying themselves.
20:58: What does “designated driver” mean to you? We recommend that it should mean a “non-drinking driver.”
21:01: Chief Burns is making his first vehicle stop of the night on a car that almost turned directly into us.
21:03: The driver was not impaired and escaped with a verbal warning.
21:30: Chief Burns remembers being the first officer on scene of a double-fatal collision that occurred on Christmas morning, 1990. A family was leaving midnight mass, and was broadsided by a DUI driver. Killed 2 of the 3 family members in the car. Police arrested the DUI driver at the scene. He later received 18 years in prison.
21:47: Chief Burns is stopping an SUV for running a red light downtown.
21:56: The red-light runner was actually enroute to Stanford Hospital for an emergency room visit. Verbal warning given.
22:03: Chief Burns has stopped a vehicle driving without headlights leaving downtown.
22:04: Studies have shown that 30% of drivers who drive at night without headlights are DUI. Give them a wide berth.
22:05: This driver, however, had not been drinking and simply forgot to turn their lights on. Verbal warning.
22:19: Chief Burns keeps an eye on the Bike Party as it passes through downtown.
22:53: Chief Burns has been out with other officers assisting on a Bike Party-related disturbance downtown.
23:27: Chief Burns is stopping a car leaving downtown without headlights.
23:30: Chief Burns running a license check on the driver.
23:35: No impairment on this driver either… Just forgot to turn his lights on!
23:44: Another car stop now for no headlights leaving downtown.
23:48: We know we sound like a broken record, but again, the driver simply forgot to turn on their lights.
00:06: Chief Burns just stopped a man who had been called in because he had cut a lock off a parked bike.
00:09: We verified it was his bike (he had forgotten the combo). Good observation of suspicious activity by witnesses.
00:10: Other officers are out with a 5-car non-injury collision blocking lanes on southbound Hwy 101 at Oregon.
00:42: Chief Burns & other officers are out with an intoxicated man causing a disturbance at a bar. pic.twitter.com/gtKxlSMBYU
00:48: Officers put the man in a taxi, and his night ended without an arrest for drunk in public.
00:59: Chief Burns just stopped another car for a red light violation, but they had not been drinking.
01:16: Chief Burns just checked on a vomiting female who was being cared for by her friends. They had a non-drinking driver. 🙂
01:49: Chief Burns has made one final stop for the night – again, for no headlights leaving downtown.
01:53: And, yet again, the driver hadn’t noticed how dark it was…and had not been drinking.
02:06: Chief Burns has pulled into the station for the final time tonight and is starting to unpack his equipment to go home.
02:06: Thank you for spending the shift with us. We’re pleased you joined us!
02:06: Despite many stops, there have been no DUI arrests in town tonight. Thank you for using non-drinking drivers!
02:06: We will continue to be on the lookout for impaired drivers, especially through the end of Labor Day
02:06: We hope you enjoyed it and gained some insight into the realities of DUI enforcement in Santa Clara County!
02:07: From Chief Dennis Burns and the rest of us here at Palo Alto PD, thanks again for coming out with us! Good night.
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