Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Roseville Police Plan DUI Crackdown

The Roseville Police Department will conduct a DUI saturation patrol Saturday evening, March 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. Drunken driving is totally preventable. If you're going to drink, plan ahead for a sober ride home. You can designate a sober driver in advance, call a taxi or call a sober friend for a ride home.”

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. During the month of January 2009, Roseville officers investigated 18 DUI collisions in which 8 people were injured.

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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