Monday, March 30, 2009

Roseville Police Plan Special DUI Patrol On April 3

The Roseville Police Department will conduct a DUI saturation patrol Friday evening, April 3. The department is putting additional officers on the streets to patrol for drunken and drug-impaired drivers.

Roseville Police Chief Mike Blair said, "Far too many people are being injured in Roseville because of impaired driving, and it's outrageous. Drunken driving is totally preventable. If you're going to drink, plan ahead for a sober ride home. You can choose a designated driver, call a taxi or call a sober friend for a ride home. If you ignore these warnings and get behind the wheel, you stand a very good chance of going to jail.”

The Roseville Police Department is investigating an increased number of DUI-related traffic collisions. The department investigated 35 alcohol or drug-related collisions during the months of January and February, a 67 percent increase over the same period last year. During that two-month period, one person was killed and 23 injured due to impaired driving.

The Roseville Police Department is battling the problem with increased nightly DUI enforcement, DUI and driver’s license checkpoints, saturation patrols, and DUI warrant sweeps. In January and February, Roseville officers arrested a total of 173 suspected drunk drivers.

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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