Manteca Police have joined law enforcement across the state as part of California’s 18-day holiday DUI crackdown campaign.
Law enforcement agencies are deploying 300 DUI/drivers license checkpoints statewide. Funding for the special enforcement campaign ending Jan. 3 comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Manteca Police conducted the first of two checkpoints Saturday. The next is targeted for Saturday, Jan. 2.
There will also be several other DUI related activities being conducted through Jan. 3.
“Making the streets of Manteca safe has always been our No. 1 priority,” said Manteca Police Chief Dave Bricker. “This grant will further assist us in our goals to take DUI offenders and drivers with suspended licenses off of the road.”
In 2008, 11,773 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In California 1,029 were killed on state and local roads driving with a .08 BAC or higher with another 28,457 injured in Alcohol Involved Collisions.
“Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work, and dozens of other expenses. So don’t take the chance. Remember, if you are over the limit, you are under arrest.”
Law enforcement encourages everyone planning a family gathering over the holidays to first think about how your friends and family will get home after drinking during holiday celebrations. Everyone is encouraged to “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911” and be ready to describe the vehicle, its location and direction of travel.