Grant money will expand traffic and DUI enforcement in San Bernardino County
Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Created: 10/28/2009 05:31:03 PM PDT
Several law enforcement agencies in San Bernardino County will receive money from a grant that will help increase enforcement against intoxicated drivers. The Avoid the 25 driving under the influence campaign will be funded by a $1.98 million grant that will go toward special DUI enforcement campaigns and new equipment, according to a county sheriff's news release.
The money, from the state Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will go to several local police departments and the California Highway Patrol, according to the news release.
Agencies participating in the task force include Ontario, Montclair, Fontana, Chino and Upland police departments as well as sheriff's stations in Rancho Cucamonga and Chino Hills.
Fontana police Sgt. Jeff Decker said the Sheriff's Department will oversee the program and funnel money for DUI operations to local agencies.
"More money, means more officers on the street which means more patrols which will hopefully mean more DUI arrests," Decker said.
"The whole idea is to keep people from driving DUI in the first place."
According to the news release, types of law enforcement operations that will be funded by the grant:
• DUI and drivers license checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols.
• Warrant and probation sweeps for violators of court orders
• Court sting enforcement operations, which focuses
on people who drive away from courthouses after having their licenses suspended. The grant will also fund officer overtime as well as equipment to analyze blood alcohol content.