Thursday, February 19, 2009

Roseville Police Cracking Down On Drunken Drivers

The Roseville Police Department is conducting a DUI saturation patrol Saturday evening, February 21. Officers will be out in force patrolling for drunken and drug-impaired drivers.

“Safety is our number one concern, and that means getting drunk drivers off our streets,” Roseville Police Chief Mike Blair said. “Too many people have been killed and injured in Roseville because of impaired driving.”

The good news is that overall, traffic-related deaths and injuries are down in Roseville. Both total collisions and collisions involving death or injury were down six percent in 2008 compared to 2007.

The bad news is that alcohol and other drug-related collisions are on the rise. Roseville Police officers investigated 19 percent more DUI-related crashes in 2008 than 2007. One person was killed last year and 65 were injured by drunk drivers. The Roseville Police Department is battling the problem with routine nightly DUI enforcement, DUI and driver’s license checkpoints, saturation patrols, and DUI warrant sweeps.

Funding for Roseville’s DUI enforcement efforts is provided by a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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