Program will offer more services for the road, and more education in high schools.
A $2.4 million grant for the Sheriff Department’s “Driving Under the Influence Traffic Enforcement” program was approved by the Board of Supervisors, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
“This vital program increases traffic safety awareness and helps reduce alcohol-involved traffic collisions by implementing monthly checkpoints, additional patrols, stakeout operations, and other services,” said Antonovich.
“The program also focuses on educating high school students about the danger of driving under the influence and illegal street racing.”
Throughout the state, consumption of alcohol is a major contributor to injuries and fatalities in traffic collisions.
According to 2005 report complied by the California Highway Patrol, alcohol-involved fatal collisions had increased 18.4 percent in the past five years.