Sober and Safe

Pasadena police to saturate high-collision areas Friday

The Pasadena Police Department will be out in force from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday looking for drunk or drug-impaired drivers in high-collision areas.

According to a press release, checkpoints and increased patrols have been responsible for lowering the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol- or drug-related crashes.

Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI operations are conducted routinely.

In California, alcohol-involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries in 2014.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. According to one study, 14 percent of drivers in crashes tested positive for drugs, with nearly half of those under the influence of marijuana.

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or DDVIP, free mobile app for Android or iPhones. The DDVIP app helps people find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives like free non-alcoholic drinks and free appetizers for designated drivers.

Giving Back

Rotary Club assembling bicycles for disadvantaged families

Members of the Rotary Club of Pasadena will be assembling 300 bicycles of all sizes Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Pasadena Unified School District Maintenance Yard, 798 W. Woodbury Road, for low-income families for Christmas.

Once the bikes are assembled they will be distributed through the Salvation Amy.

Several corporations have chipped in to help make the event possible.

Huffy Bicycle Corp. is providing the bikes at cost. The Huntington Hospital Foundation donated $4,500 for helmets, which will be distributed with the bikes. The Pasadena Community Foundation donated $500. Incycle Bicycles of Pasadena is providing locks at cost, and staff members from the Full Circle Cycling Team of Glendora are providing quality control to make sure the bikes are properly assembled.

The Rotary Club has more than 200 members who meet weekly at the University Club in Pasadena.

“Rotary’s goal is to give back. Building the bikes and providing the helmets is a great way to provide something for the families that are having problems providing for their kids,” said Nate Bradley, co-chair of the Rotary’s public relations committee.

Verified Adulation

Taylor Swift to play the Rose Bowl

Swift will come to Pasadena on May 19 as part of her Reputation tour. “Reputation” — Swift’s sixth album — sold more than 700,000 copies on the first day of its release last Friday.

According to Variety, fans purchased more than 1 million copies of the album by Tuesday afternoon.

In January, Swift added another milestone to her resume when Billboard announced she had sold more than 100 million copies of her songs.

The 27-date concert kicks off on May 9 in Arizona and comes to Pasadena on the third stop of the tour.

Swift announced the first 27 tour dates of the tour via her Taylor Nation Twitter account early Monday morning. The tweet, captioned, “WE’LL SEE YOU SOON!” does not specify whether this is the entirety of the US leg of the tour.

Tickets are on sale through Nov. 28. Fans can use Ticketmaster’s “verified fan program,” which allows fans to buy tickets earlier if they buy Swift merchandise, music or share Swift’s social media content on their accounts.