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OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY
AVOID THE 10

LATHROP POLICE SERVICES IS TAKING AN ACTIVE ROLL IN MULTIPLE SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS THIS YEAR.

 

*The Avoid regional task force program is made up of clusters of law enforcement agencies in a particular region that join forces during peak holiday periods to fight drunk driving. The number after the name - AVOID the 10, for example - indicates the number of law enforcemnt agencies inthat region's task force. The name of the program - AVOID is a message to motorists that simply means this: don't drink and drive and you will avoid being arrested.

*As of October 2009, there are AVOID programs in 41 counties throughout California, covering 98 percent of the state's population.

*For the third year in a row, DUI deaths have declined in California, dropping 9.1 percent between 2007 and 2008. The number of OTS-funded sobriety checkpoints also increased from 1,469 in 2008 to a projected 1,740 in 2009.

*According to NHTSH's Fatality Analysis Report System (FARS), there were 1,029 alcohol impaired fatalities in California in 2008. Additionally, 28,457 people were injured in alcohol involed collisions according to the Calofornia Highway Patrol's 2008 provisional Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) data.

OTS-Funded Sobriety Checkpoints in California

YEAR / CHECKPOINTS

2010* - 2,506

2009* - 1,740

2008 - 1,469

2007 - 1,783

2006 - 1,493

*Indicates projected sobriety checkpoints.

Persons Killed and Injured in Alcohol Crashes in California

 

Year

Alcohol Impaired Fatalities

(FARS Data)

Persons Injured

(SWITRS Data)

2008

1,029

28,457*

2007

1,132

30,641

2006

1,272

31,099

2005

1,298

30,810

*Statistics from California Highway Patrol SWITRS (2008* represents provisional data).

Report Drunk Drivers. Call 911

*Designate a sober driver ahead of time. A designated driver is a non-drinking driver.

*Drivers who are weaving or swerving on the road are often drunk or impaired. Call 911 from your cell phone when it is safe to do sp. If you continue to hear all operators are busy recording when calling 911, consider calling your local police or sheriff's department at 468-4400 to report the drunk driver or stay on the line.

*Once you spot a drunk driver, keep your distance. Be perpared to report the location and direction of travel, the vehicle description and license plate number.

*The best defense against a drunk driver is wearing a seat belt.

designate a sober driver

 

 

 

 

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