CHP to Focus on Impaired Driving
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about their continued efforts to reduce impaired driving throughout the state. They’re partnering with the California Office for Traffic Safety (OTS) on a variety of upcoming enforcement and educational efforts. The California Impaired Driving Reduction (CIDR) program is a yearlong campaign, which will run from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.
California Impaired Driving Reduction Program
The CIDR program is a grant-funded campaign that will provide the CHP with funding to conduct enhanced enforcement efforts and increased DUI saturation patrols and checkpoints across the state. Additionally, it will also provide funds for traffic safety educational opportunities. In addition to actively removing impaired drivers from roadways, this campaign will also help to deter drivers from getting behind the wheel after drinking in the first place. This program will also run in conjunction with the CHP’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
Reducing The Number of DUI Crashes in California
According to the CHP, there were 594 deaths and more than 11,000 injuries caused by DUI crashes in the CHP’s jurisdiction in 2017. The CIDR campaign is specifically targeted at reducing the number of DUI crashes in California. Not only will the CIDR campaign be focusing on DUI crashes associated with alcohol impairment, the program will also have an emphasis on impaired driving associated with marijuana, illegal drugs and legally prescribed and over-the-counter medications that can cause impairment behind the wheel.
What to do if You See a Suspected Drunk Driver
Since impaired driving crashes are 100-percent preventable, the CHP considers this issue a top priority. Members of the public are being encouraged to call 9-1-1 if they observe a suspected drunk driver. If you call in to report a suspected drunk driver, be ready to give the dispatcher a vehicle description, location and direction of travel.
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