Pasadena police to use grant funds to help fight drunken driving
By André Coleman 12/05/2013
The Pasadena Police Department will use a $136,370 grant to bolster its DUI enforcement program.
The grant was awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Traffic Safety Administration.
"Traffic safety ranks among the highest priorities of the Pasadena Police Department," said Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez in a prepared statement. "Collisions have claimed seven lives in Pasadena this year and the programs sponsored with this grant will assist us in our goal of reducing collisions."
Driving while under the influence is among America's deadliest crimes. In 2011, 774 people were killed and more than 24,000 were injured in alcohol- and drug-impaired crashes in California.
In Pasadena during 2011, one person was killed and 15 people were injured. Crashes involving alcohol have been shown to drop by up to 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. Checkpoints have proven to be the most effective of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent and are supported by nearly 90 percent of California drivers.
The special DUI checkpoint grant is to assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol- and other drug-related collisions in the community. The grant activities will specifically target offenders as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.