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Ripon gets kudos for DUI enforcement effectiveness

Traffic safety awards went to the Ripon Police Department this week presented by Patty Wong of the state Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). Ripon Chief Richard Bull, right, and Sergeant Richard Kale...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin


POSTED January 27, 2010 2:35 a.m.
RIPON — The passion of the officers of the Ripon Police Department in reducing drinking and driving of motorists under the age of 21 was lauded this week by the California State Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) in the competitive California Law Enforcement Challenge.

Patty Wong, regional director of the state agency, drove to Ripon Monday to present a pair of awards to Police Chief Richard Bull for his department’s effectiveness in combating drunk driving in the state with a significant rating that climbed from the bottom of the statistics up to number three.

“It’s no surprise the Ripon Police Department was awarded the California Law Enforcement Challenge Special Award for Technology both at the state and national levels  as well as third place in your enforcement division,” Wong said in presenting the plaques.

Ripon was in competition with 120 other police departments of similar size – 21 to 50 officers – throughout the state.  The agencies were judged on enforcement efforts, officer training and the department’s overall effort in its traffic safety program.

Wong said the DUI deaths in California have been on a decline for the third year in a row marking a 21 per cent decrease in three years state wide.  “These are remarkable numbers for California and the Ripon Police Department has contributed to these stats.  You should be proud of your agency’s efforts, accomplishments and dedication towards ensuring the safety of this community,” she said.

Wong said there was a significant decrease in the total traffic collision injuries as well as hit and run and nighttime collisions.  “These results are due in part to increases in your department-wide DUI arrests, seatbelt citations and vehicle impounds.  Your department’s DUI arrests increased by almost 30 percent and seat belt citations went up an astonishing 535 per cent,” she said.  

Bull thanked Wong and the OTS for making Ripon’s enforcement efforts possible with its DUI funding.  “Making this available has made the impact,” he said. “I credit our department in that they have been very proactive and have gotten the community support behind their efforts,” Bull said.  

Ripon has had numerous DUI check points and saturation patrol in their attempt to seek out drinking drivers.
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