The holiday season, with its celebrations, parties, shopping and traveling to friends and family, puts more motorists in harm’s way of more potential impaired drivers. The Roseville Police Department joins law enforcement across the state as part of California’s Holiday DUI Crackdown Campaign, as well as encouraging the public to call 911 to report suspected drunk drivers. Funding for the special enforcement activities comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In addition to our regular daily DUI enforcement, the Roseville Police Department will put additional officers on the road on the evening of December 31, New Year’s Eve, to patrol for drunk drivers.
2007 marked the first year since 1998 in which alcohol-related fatalities declined in California, dropping 8.3 percent. ‘California has worked very hard over the past five years to reverse the trend of increasing alcohol-related traffic fatalities,’ said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. ‘Through an aggressive combination of various anti-DUI operations, including sobriety checkpoints, together with the public calling 911 when they see a drunk driver, we’re getting these dangerous drivers off the road.’
This past week, the Roseville community was tragically reminded how often our residents are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. DUI patrols are an effort to reduce those tragedies. A major component of these patrols is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.
The public is also encouraged to call 911 to report drunk drivers and be ready to describe the vehicle, its location and direction of travel.
Clues to help motorists detect a drunk drive
- Weaving/swerving in and out of the lane
- Weaving within the lane quite noticeably
- Traveling at speeds much slower than the flow of traffic
- Braking erratically or stopping in the lane
- Sudden stops for signal lights and slow start once they change
- Remaining at the signal lights once they turn green asleep at the wheel
- Making wide turns and/or cutting the corner, striking the curb
- Headlights off at night or on high beams
- Driving with the turn signals on
- Straddling the center line of the road or lane lines
- The driver looks intoxicated starring straight ahead, face close to the windshield, and appears to by quite sleepy
- Finally, aggressive driving speed, tailgating and multiple lane changes or unsafe passing may also be the tell-tale signs of intoxication