• The California Highway Patrol implements a regional effort to save lives

    Saving lives is the core mission of the California Highway Patrol (CHP).  In order to accomplish that mission, the CHP must address one of the biggest threats on California’s roadways:  impaired drivers.  The number of impaired drivers continues to rise and there is still more work to be done.

    To help remove the threat before more lives are destroyed, the CHP’s Monterey Area office will use a federal grant to conduct a regional impaired driving reduction campaign in Monterey County.  The CHP’s Monterey Area will deploy officers on enhanced enforcement particularly on US 101 and State Routes 1, 68, 156, 183, which are major access routes between northern and southern California; and jurisdictional roadways:  San Juan, Carmel Valley, San Miguel Canyon, Alisal, Castroville, Hall, Blanco, and Old Stage Roads in Monterey County.

    “With a proactive approach to eliminating driving under the influence (DUI), we can continue to reduce the number of collisions occurring in Monterey County,” said CHP Capt. Bill Perlstein, commander of the Monterey Area office.  “This grant will help to keep the momentum going by removing impaired drivers before they destroy any more lives.”

    According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, during the course of a 12-month period (October 1, 2011, and September 30, 2012), there were 9 people killed and 114 others injured in traffic collisions involving impaired drivers on CHP jurisdictional roadways.

    Beginning October 1, 2014, CHP officers will conduct enhanced enforcement patrols for impaired drivers in Monterey County throughout the 12-month campaign.  This CHP traffic safety effort will also include a community-based task force and public awareness campaign to help reinforce the anti-DUI message.

    Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 14, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

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