Highway Patrol Receives Grant for Increased California DUI Programs

The California Highway Patrol has received a $5.9 million grant to help keep drunk drivers off state highways. The funds from the California Office of Traffic Safety will be used for additional DUI patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

The grant money will be dispersed across the state, mainly to pay overtime for the officers conducting drunk driving patrols and staffing checkpoints. Over 35 California DUI task force patrols are planned for 2009, along with 110 DUI checkpoints. In addition to offenses of driving under the influence in California, officers will be looking for seatbelt violations, speeding and unsafe driving.

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