CHP Concentrates On Impaired Driving

Sven Miller, Commander Contact: Fran Clader
Office of Community Outreach & Media Relations Director of Communications
601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 (916) 843-3310

October 28, 2019 19-36

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are partnering on a new campaign aimed at reducing the number of crashes caused by impaired drivers through enforcement and education efforts. The yearlong, California Impaired Driving Reduction (CIDR) campaign, which began October 1, 2019, continues through September 30, 2020.
The CIDR grant provides the CHP with funding to conduct additional driving under the influence (DUI) saturation patrols, checkpoints, and traffic safety education efforts throughout California. These efforts are designed to remove DUI drivers from the roadway and educate the public regarding the dangers of impaired driving. Additionally, the CHP will actively participate in California’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over efforts.
According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System data, in 2017, there were 594 deaths and more than 11,000 injuries due to DUI crashes within the CHP’s jurisdiction. Each one of these injuries and deaths represents a preventable tragedy and a continued need to focus efforts on reducing impaired driving.
“Reducing impaired driving through education and enforcement remains a high priority for the CHP,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley. “This campaign provides the CHP with additional resources to lessen the impacts of impaired driving, while continuing to make California’s roadways a safer place to travel.”
The CHP continues to encourage the public to have a plan before getting on the road. In addition to alcohol, driving under the influence of cannabis, medications, and/or drugs is illegal and dangerous. Always designate a sober driver, take public transportation, or ride-share. There is always a better option than getting behind the wheel while impaired.
The CHP would like to remind the public to call 9-1-1 if they observe a suspected DUI driver. Be prepared to provide the dispatcher a location, direction of travel, and vehicle description.
If you have questions regarding impaired driving, please contact your local CHP Area office.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from OTS through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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14 Responses to CHP Concentrates On Impaired Driving

  1. Donald Salac November 3, 2019 at 8:13 am #
    Yeah, what’s the harm in driving with a little buzz?

  2. Trouble October 31, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

    What ya pulling me over for this time officer?

    • David Dennison November 1, 2019 at 6:52 am #

      Officer says…”Because your weaving in and out of traffic and almost hit that car head-on.the with the Mom,Dad and 3 kids inside…I didn’t want to wait for a hard impact collision before I checked out why tour driving like a fool “…

      • Tinner November 2, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

        Okay, Adam Schiff.

    • dpblue November 3, 2019 at 8:54 am #

      You were pulled over because you matched the profile.

  3. David Dennison October 30, 2019 at 9:05 pm #

    Topofthabottom……Problem with that….in the “new America”… many people do you know,especially those that go out and get snocked in taverns,have that “common sense” you mention ?….I know if I were going out and planning to drink,those sobriety-checks would make me think twice before I drove to or from the bars..but I have no worries if I happen to come across a check-point…I don’t drink,let alone drink and drive…….

  4. erik simpson October 30, 2019 at 11:54 am #

    “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?” – G H Bush
    Apparently not.

  5. Jim Beam Me Up October 30, 2019 at 8:19 am #

    Yeah right – if human morality was to be our guide why did God feel the need to give Moses the Ten Commandments (which, FYI, are “laws”)?

    And, by the way, alcohol and common sense rarely coincide.

  6. Topofthabottom October 29, 2019 at 9:22 pm #

    Common sense Prevents DUIs. Not laws. Morals prevent people from hurting people. Not laws.

    • Tinner October 30, 2019 at 3:13 pm #

      Topofthabottom, you are correct, I agree 100%. The problem is there are people who lack both common sense and morals, always has been and always will be.
      I don’t think anything will ever deter people from harming and victimizing others, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
      We can’t always prevent people from harming others but we sure can have consequences when they do.

  7. Tourbillon October 29, 2019 at 4:23 pm #

    More “saturation patrols” and “checkpoints”. Words seldom associated with life in America heretofore. But no worries it’s all about “public safety” and that must never be questioned.

    It’s cool to be Soviet. It’s not so cool to be Benjamin Franklin (“he who would trade liberty for safety will have neither”).

    • Tinner October 30, 2019 at 3:23 pm #

      Tell that to the over 11,000 injured or the family members of the 594 people who were killed by drunk drivers in CA alone.

  8. Almost Native October 29, 2019 at 11:57 am #

    Our schools could use some of that grant money also.

    • Tinner October 30, 2019 at 3:29 pm #

      Since Mammoth Unified just received 63.1 million I assume you’re referring to BUSD and others.


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