The West Sacramento Police Department is increasing patrols to target suspected drivers who may be under the influence.
Drunk and drugged driving remains the number one killer on California roadways, with 1,197 alcohol involved deaths and more than 23,000 injuries reported statewide in 2013.
Using a $140,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for DUI enforcement in Yolo County, West Sacramento Police are participating in the “Avoid the 8” DUI Task Force.
The “Avoid the 8” is named to send the message that if you don’t drink or use drugs and drive, you will avoid getting arrested by any of the 8 participating law enforcement agencies in the county.
The grant activities will specifically target those who get behind the wheel after drinking too much or using drugs that impair driving. Officers from law enforcement agencies across the county will jointly staff DUI/Driver License Checkpoints and roving DUI saturation patrols. Additionally, funding will target the ‘worst of the worst’ repeat DUI offenders with Warrant/Probation Sweeps and Court Sting Enforcement Operations focusing on DUI offenders with suspend licenses who drive from court hearings after being ordered not to by a judge.
“Overall, California’s roadways are among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal – zero deaths on our roadways. The Office of Traffic Safety and the Avoid DUI Task Force want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across Yolo County and the state.”
Motorists can expect to see special DUI campaigns during the winter and summer holiday periods as well as on Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and during local special events with identified DUI Problems.
Agencies participating in the ‘Avoid the 8’ taskforce include:
- West Sacramento Police Department
- Woodland Police Department
- Winters Police Department
- Davis Police Department
- UC Davis Police Department
- Yolo Sheriff’s Department
- Yolo Probation Department
- California Highway Patrol – Yolo County.