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40% of traffic fatalities in Manteca from DUI accidents

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POSTED June 20, 2009 1:57 a.m.
Two out of five people who have died on Manteca’s streets in traffic accidents between 2005 and 2007 did so as a direct result of a motorist drinking.

It underscores why the Manteca Police are deploying a driving under the influence checkpoint tonight between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. using funding from the California AVOID Program and the Office of Traffic Safety.

The effort – which is not impacted by the general fund shortfall – will continue into the next fiscal year thanks to another Office of Traffic Safety grant of $87,800.The city will use $29,500 to purchase and equip a DUI checkpoint trailer. The remaining $45,610 will go to overtime reimbursement to conduct DUI enforcement operations as well as for training and overhead.

The three year period from 2005 to 2007 saw 586 traffic accidents with 847 collisions in Manteca. Of those 39 involved alcohol and 57 resulted in injuries. Almost all of the alcohol-related accidents occurred at night.

The latest grant was based on Manteca’s DUI problem between Oct. 1, 2007 and Sept. 30, 2008 when 391 documented collisions occurred. Of those 36 involved drivers with suspended or unlicensed motorists. Drivers not having proper licensing accounted for 9 percent of all accidents.

The police arrested 316 drivers on DUI during the same period including 44 as the result charges  accidents. Seven out of every 50 drivers in accidents during that time period were driving under the influence.
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