Monday, April 13, 2009

California DUI police keep list of all California DUI drivers arrested, in Petaluma

California DUI attorneys are told California arrests for drunk driving in Petaluma are up 45 percent over last year and are on a pace to exceed 700 this year, breaking the 2007 record of 603 California DUI arrests, according to the Petaluma Police Department.

Police held their latest California DUI enforcement operation on Friday night between 4 p.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday morning, targeting impaired drivers, habitual DUI drivers and people with DUI warrants. California DUI officers also conducted DUI probation checks to be sure offenders were complying with the terms of their California DUI probation.

Officers arrested seven drivers for California DUI and arrested six people with outstanding DUI warrants. They also attempted to serve 10 DUI warrants and conducted four checks on DUI probationers to insure compliance with the terms of their probation, according to Sgt. Ken Savano. Of the drivers arrested for DUI, five had one or more priors for DUI, three were on active DUI probation, and one was driving on a suspended license from a previous California DUI .

Savano said that the police department’s Traffic Unit maintains a list of all California DUI drivers arrested. “Drivers with multiple convictions and the highest level of blood alcohol concentration are then evaluated for potential risk to the motoring public,” he said. “Those drivers determined to be the highest risk to public safety are then targeted for surveillance under the Habitual DUI Driver Stakeout Program.

“These stakeout operations are being conducted to prevent the tragedy associated with the potentially violent crime of DUI,” Savano said. “We remind the public to report drunk drivers by calling 911.”

Driving under the influence of alcohol remains one of the top five causes of collisions in Petaluma, Savano said. “Even with the department’s highest number of DUI arrests on record in 2007 and 2008, DUI continues to be a significant problem in Petaluma and throughout the country.

But DUI enforcement by police officers is making a difference, Savano said. “Alcohol-related collisions are declining, but there is still more work to do. In 2008, alcohol related fatal and injury collisions were reduced by more than 41 percent from 2007.”

Funding for these California DUI operations has been provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These California DUI operations are scheduled to continue throughout the year.