Avoid the 20 Traffic/DUI Grant

Release Date/Time: 10/27/2014 11:58 AM

Incident: Avoid the 20 Traffic/DUI Grant

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 10/27/2014

Time: 10:54 AM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave


Drunk and drugged driving remains the number one killer on our roadways, with 802 DUI deaths and nearly 24,000 Alcohol Involved Injuries reported statewide. The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force will be combating this deadly problem through DUI enforcement efforts in Monterey and San Benito Counties. The Salinas Police Department will be administering a recent $200,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for the entire county. 'This is the 15th straight year we have received this grant,” said Traffic Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'There is no doubt this grant has saved many lives and prevented hundreds of serious injuries. We plan on continuing to intensify DUI enforcement efforts until the number of deaths is zero.”

The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force is named to send the message that if you don't drink or use drugs and drive, you will avoid getting arrested by any of the 20 participating law enforcement agencies in the two counties. The grant activities will specifically target those who get behind the wheel after drinking too much or using drugs that impair driving. Officers from law enforcement agencies across both counties will jointly staff DUI/Driver License Checkpoints and roving DUI saturation patrols. Additionally, funding will target the ‘worst of the worst' repeat DUI offenders with Warrant/Probation Sweeps and Court Sting Enforcement Operations focusing on DUI offenders with suspend licenses who drive from court hearings after being ordered not to drive by a judge. 'California's roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users. The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Motorists can expect to see special DUI campaigns during the winter and summer holiday periods as well as on Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo and during local special events with identified DUI Problems. Funding for the grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Agencies participating in the ‘Avoid the 20' taskforce include: The Salinas Police Department, The Monterey County Sheriff's Office, The San Benito County Sheriff's Office, The Hollister Police Department, The Monterey Police Department, The Marina Police Department, The Seaside Police Department, The Carmel Police Department, The Pacific Grove Police Department, The Sand City Police Department, The Del Rey Oaks Police Department, The Monterey Airport Police, The Cal State University of Monterey Bay Police, The Presidio of Monterey Police, The Gonzales Police Department, The Soledad Police Department, The Greenfield Police Department, The King City Police Department, The Monterey Office of the California Highway Patrol, and The King City Office of the California Highway Patrol

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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