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Campaign Focuses On DUI Reduction
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The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is implementing a regional effort to save lives and eliminate impaired drivers. To accomplish their mission and reduce traffic collisions involving impaired drivers, the CHP’s Modesto Area office is using a federal grant to conduct a regional campaign against impaired drivers in Stanislaus County. The 12-month project started Oct. 1 and ends on Sept. 30, 2016.

The CHP’s Modesto Area will deploy officers on enhanced enforcement particularly on Interstate 5, State Routes 33, 99, 108, 120, 132, 165, and 219; and jurisdictional unincorporated roadways (i.e., West Main Street, Crows Landing Road, Las Palmas Avenue, Greer Avenue, Carpenter Road, Patterson Road, Hatch Road, and Keys Road) in Stanislaus County.

“With a proactive approach to raise awareness and eliminate driving under the influence (DUI), we can continue to reduce the number of collisions occurring in Stanislaus County,” said CHP Capt. Andy Williams, commander of the Modesto Area office. “This grant will help to keep the momentum going by removing impaired drivers before they destroy any more lives.”

According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, during the course of a 12-month period (Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013), there were 11 people killed and 125 others injured in traffic collisions involving impaired drivers on jurisdictional roadways.

CHP officers will conduct enhanced enforcement patrols for impaired drivers in Stanislaus County throughout the 12-month campaign. This CHP traffic safety effort will also include a community-based task force and public awareness campaign to help reinforce the anti-DUI message.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.