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CHP task force to pursue DUI warrants

Posted: May 5, 2011 12:35 p.m.
Updated: May 5, 2011 12:35 p.m.
 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Driving under the influence (DUI) continues to be a major traffic safety problem in California, as evidenced by the more than 210,000 arrests statewide in 2009. Those arrested are expected to appear in court and be held accountable for their actions. The task force created by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is one way to hold those individuals with DUI warrants accountable.

"The majority of motorists abide by the law, drive safe and don't drink and drive," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "These DUI warrants target individuals who did not complete necessary actions when charged with a DUI, such as failing to appear before a judge or violating probation."

The task force is currently pursuing more than 330,000 misdemeanor and felony warrants related to DUI. To help accomplish the mission of the DUI warrant service teams, the CHP received a federal grant. The goal of the grant is to hold these individuals accountable and reduce the number of outstanding arrest warrants for offenses relating to DUI statewide.

Efforts of the warrant services teams will be concentrated within the four CHP divisions containing the highest number of DUI warrants: Valley, Southern, Border and Inland. Warrant service operations will continue through Sept. 30, 2011.

"We're letting the public know, if you make the poor decision to drink and drive, there are consequences," said Commissioner Farrow. "This aggressive approach to combating DUI will result in a safer environment for the motoring public."

Individuals with outstanding DUI warrants can also turn themselves in to their local CHP Area office for the purposes of surrendering themselves on their own terms; otherwise, they will be arrested wherever they are located.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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