SCV News reports that the California Highway Patrol and the California Office of Traffic Safety announced the two agencies will align in a year-long endeavor to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents and arrests in California.
The effort is through a $ 8.9 million grant, “Reducing Impairment Statewide,” and will run through September 24, 2024.
According to official data from the CHP’s Integrated Traffic Records System, 748 people lost their lives, and 12,591 people were injured in crashes involving an impaired driver in 2021. The statistics represent a high concern that impaired motorists are a critical concern in California.
CHP Commissioner Sea Duryee told reporters that each incident represents a preventable tragedy and underscores the need for the law enforcement agency to focus on the issue.
“The California Highway Patrol is grateful for the federal funding that made this initiative possible,” Commissioner Duryee said. “Through education, enforcement, and community engagement, the CHP is determined to make our roads safer and reduce the impact of impaired driving.”
Commissioner Duryee reminds Californians to never get behind the wheel when under the influence of drugs or alcohol and to always make the safe choice when traveling. “The life you save could be your own,” he added.
The CHP plans to use the funding to conduct DUI saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints, and safety education to the community.
The California Office of Traffic Safety provided funding for the program through a federal grant from the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).