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California Announces 2010 as The Year of the Checkpoint
Date:12/17/2009

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All the research points to DUI checkpoints as a major contributor to the declines. When checkpoints are mounted effectively and regularly, studies have shown up to 25 percent declines in alcohol related deaths and injuries.

OTS will fund checkpoint operations by the CHP and regional 'Avoid' DUI task force programs covering 42 counties and over 400 local police departments. Increased checkpoints will target California's "Top 50 DUI Cities" with even more sobriety checkpoints in 2010. The number of OTS-funded DUI checkpoints in these 'Top 50 DUI Cities' topped out at 605 in FFY 2009. With increased funding, that number is expected to hit 975 in 2010, an increase of over 60 percent.

In addition to the checkpoints, the state's traffic safety and transportation departments are working together on multiple enforcement and public education fronts, with OTS, CHP, Caltrans, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) all playing major roles. Among private sector partners in the effort are more than 1,300 7-Eleven stores throughout California and 115 Raley's supermarkets in Northern California that have joined the campaign to promote the Plan Ahead. Designate a Sober Driver message.

"We are grateful for and heartened by the support of 7-Eleven and Raley's management and employees," said Director Murphy. "By working together to encourage customers to use a sober designated driver when they celebrate, we can prevent serious DUI tragedies this holiday season."

This special campaign is one of many tactics that are part of the on-going anti-DUI effort from the California Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The plan lists the reduction of impaired driving-related fatalities as its first Challenge Area.

Grant funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be administered by the OTS through the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. Fo
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