The “Avoid the 25” is a countywide anti-DUI campaign with all 25 law enforcement agencies in Contra Costa taking part. AVOID programs are named for the number of police agencies in each county that have teamed up and formed a DUI task force. The focus is on enforcement and education, especially during major holiday periods. 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. Sobriety checkpoints are an effective deterrent and an important tool to apprehend motorist who choose to drive while impaired. Studies have shown that sobriety checkpoints result in substantial reductions in alcohol-related collisions.
Although the City of Oakley has done an outstanding job of apprehending impaired drivers traveling across our community alcohol remains a Primary Collision Factor in fatal crashes. For all crashes, the rate of alcohol involvement is five times higher at night.
On Memorial Day some of the County-wide “Avoid the 25” grant money was used here in Oakley. A DUI/driver’s license checkpoint was setup at the Mercedes and Laurel, 1070 cars were screened and 7 DUI arrests were made.
The Memorial Day weekend is the kickoff of summertime recreation and holiday travel, along with many college and high school graduations seeing thousands celebrate their accomplishments. The next 100 days will see a rise in deaths and injuries as far too many individuals get behind the wheel impaired. The 4th of July is just over 30 days away so, as you plan for that holiday weekend and all summer long:
- Be responsible when hosting a party. Don’t allow friends and family to drink to excess
- Always promote a Designated Sober Driver
- Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911!