CHP to ‘score’ funding in battle against DUI drivers

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The California Highway Patrol will receive some extra assistance in the form of a $5.9 million grant to help stop motorists who are driving while under the influence. The grant, “Sobriety Checkpoint Operations and Roving DUI Enforcement (SCORE),” will provide funding for CHP personnel to work on an overtime basis to apprehend impaired drivers. In addition to enforcing DUI laws, officers will also enforce all other traffic safety laws such as, speeding, unsafe passing and occupant restraint violations. Using project-funded overtime, the CHP will conduct a minimum of 110 sobriety/driver license checkpoints, 35 DUI task force operations and deploy proactive DUI enforcement patrol operations statewide. Additionally, the CHP will conduct local traffic safety presentations and Designated Driver Programs impacting thousands of people throughout California. Enforcement activities in the statewide DUI crackdown began Jan. 1, 2009, and will continue through Sept. 30, 2009. The grant is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2007, 1,489 people were killed and 30,783 injured in alcohol-involved collisions in California. “Our goal is to save lives by ensuring California’s roadways are a safe place for all motorists,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Removing impaired drivers from the road is a giant step in that direction.” - Staff report