Newport Beach Police to Combat Roadway Deaths and Injuries with DUI Checkpoints

2e1ax timeless featured duinbpaThe Newport Beach Police Department has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for an anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on Newport Beach roadways. Enforcement measures to combat impaired driving are coming as a result of a recent $75,500 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety to Newport Beach. The Newport Beach Police Department is dedicated to keeping our streets safe through both enforcement and education.

"The goal of the Newport Beach Police Department is to continue our partnership with the Office of Traffic Safety to reduce impaired driving incidents and injuries. While the numbers of impaired accident victims is decreasing, we still have more work to do. One fatality due to impaired driving is one too many. The Newport Beach Police Department is committed to using the funds provided through the Office of Traffic Safety to have more officers patrolling our roadways, in an effort to combat impaired driving," said Lieutenant Jeff Lu.

The special DUI Checkpoint grant is to assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug related collisions in the community. The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educating the public on the dangers of impaired driving through the use of DUI/driver's license checkpoints. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.

Drunk and drugged driving are among America's deadliest crimes. In 2011, a modern day low of 774 people were killed and over 24,000 injured in alcohol and drug-impaired crashes in California. Last year, Newport Beach experienced zero deaths and 44 people injured in these tragic crashes. Crashes involving alcohol have been shown to drop by up to 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. Checkpoints have proven to be the most effective of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent and are supported by nearly 90 percent of California drivers.

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.