Sunday, November 7, 2010

DUI accident reduction near the University of California San Diego has been a big goal and the California Highway Patrol is happy

DUI accident reduction near the University of California San Diego has been a big goal and the California Highway Patrol is happy so far, Drunk driving criminal defense lawyers learned this week.

“Anytime a program results in lives saved it’s a success in my book,” said Captain Rich Stewart, commander of the CHP’s San Diego Area office, in a prepared statement.

Actually the campaign, which began June 1, 2009 and which targeted 18-to-24-year-olds, did more than that.

The combination of expanded enforcement and on-campus education resulted in a 63 percent reduction in DUI-related collisions, cutting the number from 68 a year earlier to 25. The number of DUI fatalities was cut 40 percent (from 5 to 3) and DUI-related injuries were cut 72 percent (from 100 to 28), according to CHP spokesman Officer Art Athans.

Compared to the results, goals for the campaign were modest. CHP was hoping the reduce DUI-related accidents to 63, DUI-related fatalities to 4 and injuries to 95.

CHP combined enhanced enforcement of sections of interstate highways 5, 805 and 8 with an on-campus education campaign in partnership with UCSD Student Health Services, UCSD Police and San Diego Police departments, said Athans.

The key areas patrolled were identified as UCSD college communities most affected by DUI’s, DUI attorneys are told.