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Grant Supports Efforts To Remove Impaired Drivers

In a significant step towards enhancing road safety in California, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) on a new campaign aimed at reducing impaired driving incidents in California. The grant-funded “Reducing Impairment Statewide” campaign runs through September 30, 2024.

Driving under the influence (DUI) remains a critical concern, and this $5.9 million grant represents a critical injection of funding to support the CHP’s ongoing commitment to making California’s roads safer and protecting the lives of all who travel them.

According to data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, in 2021, 748 people were killed and 12,591 were injured in crashes involving an impaired driver within the CHP’s jurisdiction. Each one of these injuries and deaths represents a preventable tragedy and underscores the continued need to focus efforts on reducing impaired driving.

“The California Highway Patrol is grateful for the federal funding that has made this initiative possible. Through education, enforcement, and community engagement, the CHP is determined to make our roads safer and reduce the devastating impact of impaired driving,” said CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee. “I remind all Californians to never get behind the wheel when under the influence of drugs or alcohol and to always make a safe choice when traveling. The life you save could be your own.”

With this funding, the CHP will conduct additional DUI saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints, and traffic safety education efforts throughout California. The increased presence of the CHP will be focused on detecting and apprehending drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs while educating the public about the dangers of impaired driving.

DUI can encompass a range of substances, including alcohol, cannabis, impairing medications, illegal drugs, or any combination that affects a driver’s ability to drive, and will result in an arrest for those who are found to be under the influence.

To prevent DUI, the CHP encourages responsible behavior. Always designate a sober driver, take public transportation, or use a taxi or ride-share. Additionally, the CHP would like to remind the public to call 9-1-1 if they observe a suspected DUI driver. Be prepared to provide the dispatcher a location, direction of travel, and vehicle description.

More information about the CHP’s impaired driver enforcement programs can be found on the CHP website.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the OTS, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.