El Centro Police have announced they have been awarded a Traffic Safety Grant. According to a recent report by KSWT.com the California Office of Traffic Safety has provided them approximately $108,000.
Traffic Safety Grants are awarded as a means of funding programs that reduce injuries, deaths, and losses occurred at the hands of irresponsible and/or impaired drivers. The El Centro Police have said the money will be allocated toward DUI Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols. National Statistics have shown that increased, visible DUI deterrent programs can reduce the number of impaired drivers on roadways by as much as 20%. Close to 800 people lost their lives in 2011 as a direct result of a driver who had been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The highest risk group for this type of offense comes in the form of drivers age 21 to 24.
Persons arrested for DUI in El Centro face a number of penalties including the loss of their license, jail time, fines, court costs, or potential jail time. El Centro Police point out that driving while under the influence is not only unsafe, it is costly.
If you or someone you know plans to be partying this Labor Day Weekend, you may want to think twice before getting behind the wheel of your car. An El Centro Police Department spokesperson suggests designating a sober driver before you head out. Another option, they said, is to plan to take public transportation to and from your destination.