The Lodi Police Department’s DUI enforcement team will be patrolling Lodi, searching for alcohol and drug-impaired drivers from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturday. As part of the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign, officers will canvas areas with frequent DUI collisions of arrests.
“We want people to make it to their destinations safely,” said Lodi Police Sgt. Shad Canestrino. “This is a zero tolerance crackdown so drive sober or get pulled over.”
In California, DUIs led to 791 deaths in 2010. 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 resulted in 81 injury crashes harming 89 people.
“Despite recent increases, California’s roadways are still very much safer than they were before 2006,” said Office of Traffic Safety Director Christopher Murphy. “The Lodi 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.”
The California Office of Traffic Safety funds this grant, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.