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The Redlands Police Department will be cracking down on drunken and distracted drivers along with other traffic violations during a series of targeted traffic patrols through the end of September. 

Targeted DUI saturation patrols are scheduled from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25.

Redlands Police traffic officers will also be on patrol throughout the day Thursday, Sept. 11, and Wednesday, Sept. 17, on the lookout for drivers using cell phones, texting or other dangerous distractions that take their eyes and their minds off the road.

Extra patrols will be out during the day on Fridays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26, targeting enforcement of traffic violations such as speeding, running stop signs and red lights and other actions that are the primary factors in most traffic collisions.

Careless motorists as well as riders get special scrutiny

The Redlands Police Department will be conducting specialized motorcycle safety enforcement operations Sept. 12 and 19 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down both on those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous violation.

Furry Face pet store in Redlands has launched a fund raising effort to supply each of the Fire Department’s units with lifesaving pet oxygen masks.

The masks are specially-designed animal masks can be used both on conscious pets that have suffered from smoke inhalation and pets that need to be resuscitated after losing consciousness from exposure to dangerous toxic fumes.

Furry Face, at 419 E. State St., has launched a campaign on with links to the store’s Facebook page in order to raise $1,200 to purchase 12 masks that would be carried on each of the Fire Department’s vehicles.

A DUI/Drivers License checkpoint over the weekend, part of a nationwide campaign targeting drunken and drugged drivers, resulted in two arrests for driving under the influence and additional citations for other vehicle code violations.

A total of 209 cars passed through the checkpoint in the southbound lanes of Tennessee Street at Park Avenue beginning at 10 pm. Friday, Aug. 29, through 3 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to the two DUI arrests, police cited two unlicensed drivers and another driver for driving with a suspended license. Two drivers were cited for possessing open containers of alcohol in their vehicles.

The Redlands Community Center is hosting two basketball programs: the Fytt Basketball League and the Basketball Skillz Clinic.

The Fytt Winter Basketball league is designed to promote a safe basketball program for local youth. This league is for children ages 4 to 14. Registration is $129. Late fees will be applied to applications received after Dec. 6. Every child who registers will be entitled a uniform, team bag, water bottle, and a medal.

  • Player Draft Day: Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. for ages 4-8, and noon for ages 9-14
  • Games will be played on Saturdays beginning Jan. 24, and ending March 14, 2015.
  • Practice days and times are determined by volunteer coaches.

The Basketball Skillz Clinic is a training program using a cutting edge basketball curriculum designed to empower and strengthen basketball players and help them take their games to the next level. Registration is $59, and every athlete will receive a program shirt. The program runs on Thursdays beginning Oct. 23 through Nov. 20.  

Times for each age group are:

  • 3-5 years:       4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
  • 5-7 years:       5:15 to 6 p.m.
  • 7-12 years:    6 to 6:45 p.m.

A fundraiser to support the Redlands Police Department’s Narcotics K-9 Unit culminates at noon on Saturday, Aug. 30, as Redlands Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia will participate in a police canine demonstration at The Taco Shack, 510 E. State St.

Beginning at noon the public is invited to attend the fundraising event with music, raffles and prizes. During the event, Chief Garcia will participate in a police canine demonstration as a patrol dog sinks his teeth into his duties.

Since Aug. 11, Taco Shack customers have had the opportunity to donate to the Redlands Police K-9 program and be recognized with their names on the walls of the restaurant. In addition to the Taco Shack, major sponsors include Toyota of Redlands and Furry Face.

A DUI/Drivers License checkpoint over the weekend, part of a nationwide campaign targeting drunken and drugged drivers, resulted in three arrests for driving under the influence and another three arrests on drug related charges.

A total of 225 cars passed through the checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Redlands Boulevard at 7th Street beginning at 10 pm. Saturday, Aug. 23, through 3 a.m. Sunday.

In addition to the three DUI arrests, police arrested two people for drug possession and one for possession of drug paraphernalia. One driver was cited for driving without a license.

The intersection of Redlands Boulevard and California Street was reopened to all traffic over the weekend following repair of a large sinkhole that occurred earlier this month.

The sinkhole opened in the westbound lanes of Redlands Boulevard west of California Street on Aug. 4 following a heavy weekend rain. Floodwaters from an adjoining county flood control channel eroded the ground below the intersection causing the road to collapse. No one was injured but it affected traffic in all directions at Redlands Boulevard and California Street for nearly three weeks while City staff and various other agencies evaluated the structural integrity of the infrastructure and contracted for repairs.

Labor Day weekend is coming up. For many Americans, that means an extra day off, backyard and beach barbecues, visiting friends and family, and the unofficial end of the summer season. Unfortunately, it also means a sharp increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities. Now through Labor Day, Sept. 1, the Redlands Police Department will be aggressively targeting drunk and drugged drivers as part of a nationwide effort to end impaired driving and save lives. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers on Redlands streets.

Redlands Police will be looking for impaired drivers throughout the city with plans in place for DUI/Drivers License checkpoints on Aug. 23 in the southbound lanes of Tennessee Street at Park Avenue and Aug. 29 in the eastbound lanes of Redlands Boulevard at 7th Street. Both will be conducted between the hours of 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. A checkpoint was also held in the southbound lanes of Cajon Street at Cypress Avenue on Aug. 15 as part of this campaign.

An all-night standoff with a suicidal man who locked himself in his vehicle in a gym parking lot Wednesday afternoon ended Thursday morning, Aug. 21, when the man fatally shot himself.

Police crisis negotiators spent more than 17 hours talking to the 50-year-old man by phone as he sat locked in his vehicle with a gun in the parking lot of LA Fitness at 1035 Parkford Drive. Paramedics stood by ready to provide treatment. Shortly before 7:30 a.m. a shot was fired in the vehicle. Police approached the vehicle and found the man critically injured.

Redlands Firefighter Paramedics treated the man on scene and in the AMR ambulance as he was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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