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$110,000 grant to assist 7 police agencies with drunk, drugged driving

By: Amy Lobenberg, Journal Staff Writer
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The Auburn Police Department will administer a $110,000 grant that it and six other law enforcement agencies will share, targeting drunk/drugged driving prevention and education.

The grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The Auburn Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Lincoln Police Department, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Rocklin Police Department, Roseville Police Department and California State Parks created the countywide Avoid the 7 Placer County DUI Taskforce.

Local law enforcement agencies will jointly staff DUI checkpoints and will target repeat offenders with warrant/probation sweeps and Court Sting Enforcement Operations, which focus on DUI offenders who drive away from court hearings on suspended licenses after being ordered not to drive by a judge, according to an Auburn Police Department press release.

According to the release, crashes involving alcohol have been shown to drop by up to 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are routinely conducted.

Auburn police Officer Chris Forman has been promoting the Avoid the 7 DUI Taskforce and is eager to see the grant funds put to good use.

“The purpose of these grants is not just enforcement, but to increase awareness and try to deter people who have been drinking from driving,” Forman said. “The purpose of ‘Avoid the 7’ is to create a heightened awareness of the effects of drinking and driving. Hundreds of people die annually and thousands are injured from the choice to drink and then drive. Our message is: Drive sober or get pulled over.”