Avoid the 25


Last Friday night Oakley PD hosted a DUI checkpoint at Laurel Rd and Mercedes. A number of arrests were made, citations were issued and cars were towed. This event was coordinated as part of the Avoid the 25 program’s 18-day crackdown on impaired driving that runs from August 20 – September 6, 2010.

Arrests in California for DUI exceed the number of drunken driving arrests in all other states and Oakley certainly has it fair share. At a recent event hosted by the California Office of Traffic Safety, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Contra Costa County Avoid the 25 program, Oakley Police Officer Lance Morrison was recognized for his efforts in ridding the road of impaired drivers. In 2009 he made 212 arrests.

The Avoid the 25 is a countywide anti-DUI campaign with all 25 law enforcement agencies in Contra Costa taking part. The focus is on enforcement and education. The program is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant is managed by the Contra Costa Office of the Sheriff who reimburses allied agencies from the grant for officer overtime related to the Avoid the 25 project.

The Avoid the 25 allows various law enforcement agencies to work as a team towards the common goal of reducing the number of drivers who get away with driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Some Facts from MADD….

On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 45 minutes. In 2008, an estimated 11,773 people died in drunk driving related crashes—a decline of 9.8 percent from the 13,041 drunk driving related fatalities of 2007.

Fifty to 75 percent of drunk drivers whose licenses are suspended continue to drive.

Over 1.46 million drivers were arrested in 2006 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. This is an arrest rate of 1 for every 139 licensed drivers in the United States.

About three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives.

A first time drunk driving offender on average has driven drunk 87 times prior to being arrested.

About Kevin

Councilmember - City of Oakley, Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit, Transplan, San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority and RD 2137, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction
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