FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. T. Albergo, 760-839-4901
Officers from the Escondido Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, January 11, in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.
In California, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths in 2010 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. After falling dramatically for five straight years, preliminary figures for 2011 indicate an increase in fatalities. Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 7 lives and resulted in 507 injury crashes harming 234 of our friends and neighbors,” according to Lt. Albergo.
DUI can impact the economy in addition to the pain and suffering of those immediately affected. Conservatively, a fatality has a $1.4 million impact, an injury $70,000, and a crash that only damages property averages nearly $9000.
“Despite the recent increases, California’s roadways are still very much safer than they were before 2006,” said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. “The Escondido Police Department will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives and reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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