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CHP receives state funds for DUI enforcement

Posted: November 16, 2011 5:42 p.m.
Updated: November 16, 2011 5:42 p.m.

Deputies Esmeralda Lopez, front, and Jeff Salveson, of the Sheriff’s Department’s Risk Management Bureau, check drivers’ licenses and ask whether drivers have had anything to drink at a recent checkpoint on Valencia Boulevard, west of Bouquet Canyon Road, in Valencia.


The local fight to curb drunken driving got a boost from the federal government this week with the announcement of grants aimed at pumping up sobriety checkpoints.

Officials of the California Highway Patrol in Sacramento credited federal funds with helping them launch and maintain their yearlong Impaired Driving Enforcement and Apprehension campaign throughout the state.

Managers of the IDEA campaign want to reduce the number of alcohol-involved collisions and people killed and injured in these crashes through enhanced enforcement and a public awareness campaign.

Specifically, the federally assisted IDEA program will enable CHP officers to conduct more sobriety and driver license checkpoints.

Local CHP education programs such as the "Arrive Alive on SR-14" benefit from any federal funding, said CHP Officer John Lutz.

Officers taking part in "Arrive Alive" enforce all traffic laws with a special emphasis on the apprehension of drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

"We're just about to enter Phase Two of the Arrive Alive program," Lutz said. "It works. In the first year of that program, we had no fatalities in that area."

Last week, Santa Clarita city officials announced the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station received a $155,525 grant to conduct traffic safety enforcement over the next 12 months, including DUI checkpoints.

In 2009, the number of alcohol-involved collisions in California accounted for 14 percent of the total number of crashes reported in the state. As a result of the more than 8,600 alcohol-involved collisions, 754 people were killed and another 11,764 others were injured.

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




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