|Roseville Police Department||1051 Junction Blvd.|
Roseville, CA 95678
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||PRESS RELEASE #13-13|
|Subject :||Roseville Police to conduct end of summer DUI crackdown|
|Contact :||Dee Dee Gunther, Police Public Information Officer (916)774-5015/257-1942|
|The Roseville Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies throughout California stepping up DUI enforcement at the end of the traditional summer season through Labor Day--August 16 through September 2. During the crackdown period, there will be an increase in law enforcement presence on the roads, including additional officers and DUI checkpoints throughout the state, and those caught driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs will be arrested.|
The Roseville Police Department's traffic unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday, August 29, at an undisclosed location in Roseville with a history of DUI-related traffic collisions and arrests. The California Office of Traffic Safety is reminding Californians to plan ahead during the crackdown and every day, by designating a sober driver.
"The end of summer and Labor Day weekend is traditionally a time to have fun," said Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn. "Don't let it turn into a time of tragedy or a jail visit by driving impaired by alcohol or other drugs. We will be out looking for those making that unwise and dangerous choice."
The Roseville Police Department joins the CHP, Placer County's Avoid the Seven taskforce and more than 115 other local police departments across the state. Specially trained officers will be on hand to detect drivers under the influence of alcohol as well as legal or illegal drugs. In 2011, 774 California drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher were killed in alcohol impaired crashes. In Roseville, tragically three people have been killed in DUI-related crashes since 2011, and 134 have been injured. DUI not only puts lives at risk, but it's expensive--a first-time DUI conviction can cost up to $10,000 in fines, legal fees and insurance increases.
During the Labor Day weekend in 2011, a total of 138 people across the country were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with a BAC of .08 or higher. Of those fatalities, 83 percent occurred during early evening and overnight.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Roseville Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1.