FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. T. Albergo; 760-839-4901
The Escondido Police Department has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for an anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on Escondido roadways. Enforcement measures to combat impaired driving are coming as a result of a recent $184,000 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety to Escondido. The Escondido Police Department is dedicated to keeping our streets safe through both enforcement and education.
The special DUI Checkpoint grant is to assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug related collisions in the community. The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educating the public on the dangers of impaired driving. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.
Drunk and drugged driving is among America’s deadliest crimes. In 2011, modern day lows of 774 people were killed and over 24,000 injured in alcohol and drug-impaired crashes in California. Last year in Escondido, there were 99 victims injured in these tragic crashes, with two of those being fatalities. Collisions involving alcohol have been shown to be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. Checkpoints have proven to be the most effective of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent and are supported by nearly 90 percent of California drivers, according to the Office of Traffic Safety.
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Drunk Driving: Over the Limit, Under Arrest – Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911