Wednesday, December 19, 2007

California DUI crackdown

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 19 2008

At a California DUI news conference held today at the California Highway Patrol (CHP) 911 emergency dispatch center in Rancho Cordova, Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) Director Christopher J. Murphy announced $4 million in grants to 103 local California DUI law enforcement agencies for special holiday DUI enforcement efforts. Murphy also unveiled one of the over 750 'Report California DUI Drunk Drivers. Call 911' OTS funded signs being installed approximately every 40 miles along state and county roadways.

"Impaired driving is a completely preventable crime," said Business, Transportation and Housing Agency Secretary Dale E. Bonner. "The combined efforts of the state's law enforcement community, state agencies and help from the public are making California roadways safer."

As Californians make plans for upcoming holiday travel, OTS wants California DUI motorists to know that the state is coordinating unparalleled resources to deter and remove impaired drivers from the roadways. The public can do their part by arranging for a designated sober driver or not drinking and driving in the first place.

"Impaired driving puts everyone on the road in danger, and we are doing everything we can to ensure that California's motorists enjoy a safe, crash-free holiday season," said Director Murphy. "The CHP, along with local police and sheriff's departments, are combining aggressive enforcement with public education, and will be working diligently to arrest anyone who drives impaired and endangers lives."

The CHP and local agencies will be stepping up California DUI enforcement by putting all available officers on the road in the coming weeks. In addition to installing the new roadway signs, Caltrans will also be utilizing their changeable message signs to remind millions of travelers to "Report Drunk Drivers. Call 911."

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will feature "Report Drunk Drivers. Call 911" messaging in all of their field offices. The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will be out in force to fight alcohol sales to those obviously intoxicated or underage.

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