VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Police Department will use a new traffic-safety grant from the state to combat impaired driving.
The California Office of Traffic Safety recently awarded a $59,420 grant to the police department for an anti-DUI program to prevent deaths and injuries on Vacaville roadways, according to a press release from the city. The special DUI Checkpoint grant will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.
Vacaville Police Chief Richard Word praised the state for the grant.
“These funds come just before the holiday season begins when, sadly, my officers respond to far too many serious vehicle collisions caused by impaired drivers,” said Word in the press release.
In 2011, a modern-day low of 774 people were killed and more than 24,000 injured in alcohol- and drug-impaired crashes in California, according to the press release. Last year, 22 people were injured in crashes in Vacaville, and in 2011 two people died and 23 were injured.
Crashes involving alcohol have been shown to drop by up to 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough, according to the press release.
Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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