Saturday, December 22, 2007

$91, 000 for San Jose DUI Police over holidays

San Jose police have received a $91,000 grant to increase CAlifornia DUI impaired driving enforcement throughout the holidays and during the coming year.

The grant, awarded by the Office of Traffic Safety, will go toward targeting DUI offenders and drivers with suspended or revoked licenses, according to San Jose police.

The enforcement will come in the form of checkpoints, which have been shown to significantly reduce DUI fatalities when done aggressively and consistently, according to police.

"When more people drive sober and safely, lives are saved. It's just that simple," said Christopher Murphy, director of the Office of Traffic Safety. "This grant will help make the city of San Jose just that much safer of a place to live and work."

Last year in California, 1,597 people were killed and more than 31,000 injured from drug and alcohol related crashes.