Officers from the Signal Hill Police Department’s (SHPD) DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers in the department’s ongoing traffic-safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 between the hours of 8pm and 2am in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.
According to a press release issued by the SHPD, DUIs can impact the economy in addition to inflicting pain and suffering on 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, according to the SHPD.
“Despite the recent increases, California’s roadways are still very much safer than they were before 2006,” said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. “The Signal Hill 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 provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Drunk drivers may be reported by calling 9-1-1.