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CHP wraps 9-month crackdown on reckless driving

Posted: November 16, 2009 10:24 a.m.
Updated: November 16, 2009 3:40 p.m.
SACRAMENTO - The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently concluded a nine-month enforcement campaign aimed at combating impaired drivers on California roadways.

The campaign was funded by a $6.8 million grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Drunk driving is a major cause of fatal and injury collisions each year," CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. "The only way to reduce the thousands of collisions attributed to drinking and driving is to remove the impaired driver from the equation. That's where law enforcement comes into play."

The grant, "Sobriety Checkpoint Operations and Roving DUI Enforcement (SCORE)," provided funding for additional DUI enforcement throughout the state.

CHP personnel were deployed on an overtime basis with the mission of apprehending impaired drivers.

In addition to enforcing DUI laws, officers also enforced all other traffic safety laws such as speeding, unsafe passing and occupant restraint violations.

Using project-funded overtime, the CHP conducted 138 sobriety/driver license checkpoints, 64 DUI task force operations and 65,000 hours of proactive DUI enforcement patrol resulting in 3,211 DUI arrests.

Additionally, the CHP conducted local traffic safety presentations and designated driver programs impacting thousands of people throughout California.

"Every impaired driver removed from the roadway is a potential life saved," Commissioner Farrow said.

Last year in California, there were more than 9,500 alcohol-involved collisions, resulting in 837 victims killed and more than 13,000 victims injured.



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