- Monday December 17th, 2012 :: 12:05 p.m. PST
DUI Enforcement Operations Planned
Simi Valley, CA – Officers from the Simi Valley Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying during the holiday weekends to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, December 21, Saturday, December 22, Friday, December 28, and Saturday, December 29, 2012, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.
Chief Mitch McCann said, “The Simi Valley Police Department is dedicated to traffic safety and reducing the number of DUI drivers on our roads. This is a zero tolerance crackdown, so Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!” Chief McCann would also like to remind the public to help law enforcement in this effort by calling 9-1-1 if they suspect a motorist is driving under the influence.
This deadly crime led to 791 deaths in California during 2010 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. After falling dramatically for five straight years, preliminary figures for 2011 indicate an increase in fatalities. Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 2 lives and resulted in 35 injury crashes harming 52 of our friends and neighbors. To date this year, Simi Valley Police Department Officers have arrested 325 persons for driving under the influence.
DUI can impact the economy in addition to the pain and suffering of those immediately affected. Conservatively, a fatality has a $1.4 million impact, an injury $70,000, and a crash that only damages property averages nearly $9,000.
“Despite the recent increases, California’s roadways are still very much safer than they were before 2006,” said Office of Traffic Safety Director Christopher J. Murphy. “The Simi Valley Police Department will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives and reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”
Funding for this program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers, Call 9-1-1!
Simi Valley Police Department
3901 Alamo St
Simi Valley, CA 93063