Truckee Police gets $47K state grant aims to curb drunken driving |

Truckee Police gets $47K state grant aims to curb drunken driving

TRUCKEE and#8212; The Truckee Police Department has received $47,500 from the state to combat drunken driving.

The California Office of Traffic Safety grant aims to reduce the number of drivers under the influence through a combination of efforts, according to a press release, including DUI/driver’s license checkpoints, warrant searches for repeat DUI offenders and saturation patrols.

and#8220;We’ll identify people with an unusual amount of traffic warrants and#8212; DUI or otherwise and#8212; and they’ll get a higher priority, get more attention,and#8221; said Sgt. Jason Litchie.

Saturation patrols will put one-to-four officers on the road specifically targeting drunken drivers on peak days like holidays, weekends or Super Bowl Sunday, Litchie said.

and#8220;We regard the festive environment of the community and the spirit of enjoyment that is intended for a place as wonderful as Truckee,and#8221; said Truckee Police Chief Nick Sensley, in a press release. and#8220;When it comes to the breach of that spirit by those who would choose to put us all at risk by drinking and driving, we draw a line in the roadway.and#8221;

According to the Office of Traffic Safety, last year in California 1,029 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes, a 9 percent reduction from 2007. In 2008, 11,700 people died nationally in crashes involving a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

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