The California Highway Patrol implements a DUI Safety Corridor to save lives
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Saving lives is the core mission of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). In order to accomplish that mission, the CHP must address one of the biggest threats on California’s roadways: impaired drivers. Although the number of alcohol-involved collisions is on the decline, there is still more work to be done.
To help remove the threat before more lives are destroyed, the CHP’s Riverside and Temecula Area offices will use a federal grant to conduct a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) safety corridor along a 45.3-mile segment of Interstate 15 (I-15) in Riverside County, the major access route between the inland and coastal populations.
“With a proactive approach to eliminating DUI, we can continue to reduce the number of collisions that occur along I-15,” said CHP Capt. Amanda Snowden, commander of the Riverside 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 three, 10-month periods (December 1, 2007, and September 30, 2010), an average of four people were killed and 63 others injured each period in alcohol-involved collisions along this stretch of I-15.
Beginning December 1, 2012, CHP officers will conduct stepped up DUI enforcement along I-15 throughout the 10-month campaign. This traffic safety effort will also include a task force and public awareness campaign by the CHP 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.
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