Friday, December 28, 2007

Prevention of California DUI is the goal

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When it comes to California DUI drunk driving, most law enforcement professionals will tell you the key is prevention.

"When we as an organization think of how we can positively impact people's lives," said San Bernardino police Lt. Scott Paterson. "One way is by reducing the number of people driving while intoxicated."

Paterson has an especially tragic relationship with the dangers of the roads on holidays. On Mother's Day 2000, the veteran officer's 18-year-old daughter was killed in a non-alcohol-related wreck.

"To lose a loved one in a senseless car collision is unbelievably tragic," Paterson said.

And the Police Department, in conjunction with local businesses and the state, has a plan it hopes will save lives this holiday season.

Through Jan. 2, the San Bernardino Police Department has ramped up DUI enforcement in a program dubbed Operation Safe Holidays.

The goal of the program is to reduce collisions, injuries and deaths related to impaired driving issues, Paterson said.

The program consists of six evening checkpoints and saturation patrol areas, where police increase their patrols to spot impaired drivers.

In addition, the multipronged program boasts an education campaign through local radio and partnerships with local taxi and tow services to provide rides to people too impaired to drive home, Paterson said.

Other area law enforcement agencies are running similar programs this holiday season, including the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol and Colton, Rialto and Redlands police departments.
Anheuser-Busch, the brewer, is also a major program sponsor, Paterson said.

The program has been in place for years, Paterson said.

"I don't know how many lives have been saved," Paterson said. "But I can say thousands of people have been given rides home (instead of driving drunk)."

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