Friday, December 19, 2008

Rocklin PD DUI Arrests Increase 14% This Year

Rocklin Police Department officers have arrested 14% more drivers this year for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) than through the same year-to-date period last year. There have been 264 arrests since the beginning of the year. Arrestees of a driving-under-the-influence charge may be driving with alcohol in their system, drugs in their system, or a combination of the two.

The increase in arrests can be attributed to several factors including increased officer diligence for DUI driving indicators, increased officer skills in recognizing symptoms of a driver’s alcohol or drug intoxication, and the help of other drivers calling 9-1-1 to report possible drunk drivers.

With enhanced 9-1-1 capabilities, the Rocklin Police Department Communications Center receives cellular phone calls made within its boundaries. This makes for rapid dispatching and subsequent response by Rocklin PD patrol officers to be on-the-look-out for the possible offender. There has been a 23% increase in cellular phone calls to the Rocklin Communications Center to report suspected "drunk drivers" so far this year as compared to the same period last year.

In other areas of the region, 9-1-1 calls are answered by the California Highway Patrol who must then forward the cellular caller to the appropriate local agency for dispatching. The time delay can make the difference between an offender getting away or being arrested.

"I don’t believe that there are 14% more DUI drivers in the area as compared to last year," said Lt. Lon Milka. "I believe that more of the DUI drivers out there are being arrested. If you are going to drink and drive, chances are good that either a police officer will spot you or a citizen will."

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