Tuesday, December 18, 2007

CHP's DUI goal in California

News for California DUI attorneys

Keeping the roads safe for the holidays is the goal for California Highway Patrol during the annual holiday DUI crackdown. Eighty percent of the CHP's available officers will patrol highways on the lookout for drivers who are under the influence.

Maximum enforcement periods are scheduled for Dec. 22 through Christmas Day and Dec. 29 through New Year's Day, according to Clear Lake Area CHP officer Adam Garcia. Information about DUI checkpoints will be announced at a later date, Garcia said. "We're asking the public to report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1 and providing the location and a complete description of the vehicle," CHP Commissioner Mike Brown said in a December press release from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). "This will help us know who we're looking for and where to look."

The 2006 holiday crackdown brought maximum enforcement on the weekends before Christmas and New Year's. Garcia said that in Lake County, there were a total of 18 crashes and eight injuries between the two weekends. No deaths were reported during the crackdown. According to the OTS, five people died in Lake County as a result of alcohol-involved crashes in 2006.

Statewide, 1,597 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2006, according to the OTS release. That number is up 23 from 2005. Another 31,099 people were injured in alcohol-related crashes in 2006.
"We really don't like being the Grinch, but if that's what it takes to save lives on the roadway, we're prepared to play that role," CHP Lt. Dane Hayward said in a CHP release. Hayward commands the CHP Clear Lake Area office.