The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release about their upcoming campaign to reduce the number of collisions caused by impaired drivers throughout the State of California. In combination with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), they will increase education and enforcement over the next year. The “Statewide Impaired Driving Enforcement” (SIDE) program is being funded by a grant from the OTS through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition to focused educational efforts across the state, the CHP will also be stepping up enforcement efforts to deter and catch drunk drivers.
U.S. Impaired Driving Facts
• In 2014, there were 9,967 fatalities in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers in the U.S.
• Traffic crash fatalities involving drunk drivers accounted for 31 percent of the total number of crash fatalities in 2014.
• An average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality happened every 53 minutes in 2014.
• The estimated economic cost of drunk driving crashes in 2010 was $44 billion.
DUI Enforcement in California
The CHP will conduct additional driving under the influence (DUI) saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints. During their saturation patrols, troopers will be out in full force watching for moving violations that could indicate impaired driving. Drivers can expect to see an increase in the number of troopers and patrol officers on roadways in larger geographic areas. During the DUI checkpoints, law enforcement officers will continue to evaluate drivers and look for signs of drug or alcohol impairment behind the wheel.
Stopping Drunk Drivers in California
The CHP is also reminding people to call 9-1-1 if they suspect a driver is drug or alcohol impaired. Be prepared to give a location, a description of the vehicle and the direction it was traveling in. Getting drunk drivers off of the roadway is critical for keeping Californians safe, especially during the holiday season, when we typically see a spike in preventable, injury causing and potentially deadly, drunk driving crashes.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a drunk or drugged driver, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.