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WHITTIER POLICE TO COMBAT ROADWAY DEATHS AND INJURIES WITH DUI CHECKPOINTS
Posted On: October 4, 2013
The Whittier Police Department has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for an anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries in the cities of Whittier and Santa Fe Springs. Enforcement measures to combat impaired driving are coming as a result of a recent $96,640 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety to the Whittier Police Department. The Whittier Police Department is dedicated to keeping our streets safe through both enforcement and education.
The special DUI Checkpoint grant is to assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug related collisions in the community. The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educating the public on the dangers of impaired driving through the use of DUI/driver’s license checkpoints. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.
Drunk and drugged driving is among America’s deadliest crimes. In 2011, a modern day low of 774 people was killed and over 24,000 injured in alcohol and drug-impaired crashes in California. In 2012, Whittier experienced 1 person killed and 39 people injured and Santa Fe Springs experienced 29 people injured in these tragic crashes. Crashes involving alcohol have been shown to drop by up to 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. Checkpoints have proven to be the most effective of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent and are supported by nearly 90 percent of California drivers.
Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Sgt. Rob Hanson
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