Fontana Police Department will participate in holiday DUI crackdown

Published: Thursday, December 17, 2009 5:57 PM CST
The holiday season is upon us. Plans are in place for parties, shopping and traveling to see friends and family members.

However, each year motorists will be in harmís way because of the careless ones who will drink and drive this season.

Starting on Dec. 16, the Fontana Police Department has joined law enforcement agencies across the state as part of Californiaís 18 Day Holiday DUI Crackdown Campaign, with law enforcement agencies deploying 300 DUI/Driverís license checkpoints statewide.

Funding for the special enforcement campaign (which runs through Jan. 3, 2010) comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

As part of its ongoing efforts to combat drunk driving, the Fontana P.D. will be conducting a DUI/driverís license checkpoint on Friday, Dec 18 from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

During the course of this event, driverís licenses will also be checked and a zero tolerance will be in effect for operating a vehicle without a license.

DUI saturation patrols will also be conducted during this period and plans for the conclusion of the mobilization campaign with yet another DUI/driverís license checkpoint are ongoing.

In 2008, 11,773 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In California, 1,029 were killed on state and local roads driving with a .08 BAC or higher, with another 28,457 injured in alcohol related collisions.