Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Police Department Undertakes Special Holiday DUI Enforcement

The holiday season, with all of its celebrations, parties, shopping and travel, will put more motorists in harm’s way of potentially impaired drivers. In an effort to make the City of Sacramento a safer place to live, work and play, the Sacramento Police Department will join law enforcement across the state as part of California’s Holiday DUI Crackdown Campaign. Officers will be conducting three checkpoints during the holiday season. Sacramento Officers are also encouraging the public to call 911 to report suspected drunk drivers. Funding for the special enforcement activities is in the form of a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

2007 marked the first year since 1998 in which alcohol-related fatalities declined in California, dropping 8.3 percent. "California has worked very hard over the past five years to reverse the increasing trend of alcohol-related traffic fatalities," said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. "Through an aggressive combination of various anti-DUI operations, including sobriety checkpoints and together with the public calling 911 when they see a drunk driver, we’re getting these dangerous drivers off the road."

The Sacramento Police Department joins OTS in its efforts to reduce the number of people who are injured or killed by impaired drivers. DUI/Drivers License checkpoints are an effective tool used to promote public safety; increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and serve as a deterrent to potentially impaired and unlicensed drivers.

The public is also encouraged to call 911 to report drunk drivers and be ready to describe the vehicle, its location and direction of travel. The following clues may indicate that the driver is impaired:

Weaving/swerving in and out of the lane

Noticeable weaving within a lane

Erratic speeds (too fast or slow for conditions)

Braking erratically or stopping in the lane

Sudden stops for signal lights and slow start once they change

Remaining at the signal lights once they turn green

Making wide turns and/or cutting the corner; striking the curb

Headlights off at night or on high beams

Driving with the turn signals on

Straddling the center line of the road or lane lines

Aggressive Driving – speeding, tailgating, multiple lane changes or unsafe passing

Our message remains the same – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest.

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