$65,000 Grant To Target Humboldt County’s DUI Drivers
Press release from the Fortuna Police Department:
Drunk and drugged driving remains the number one killer on our roadways, with 1,197 alcohol involved deaths and over 23,000 injuries reported statewide in 2013. The “Avoid the 8” DUI Task Force is now the “Avoid the 10” DUI Task Force and will be combating this deadly problem through DUI enforcement efforts in Humboldt County. Fortuna Police Department will be administering a recent $65,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for the entire county.
“We are excited to be continuing this program in Humboldt County and we are very pleased that we able to add the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department and the Humboldt County Probation Department to the Program” said Task Force Coordinator Sgt. Charles Ellebrecht.
The “Avoid the 10” DUI Task Force is named to send the message that if you don’t drink or use drugs and drive, you will avoid getting arrested by any of the 10 participating law enforcement agencies in the county.
The grant activities will specifically target those who get behind the wheel after drinking too much or using drugs that impair driving. Officers from law enforcement agencies across the county will jointly staff DUI/Driver License Checkpoints and roving DUI saturation patrols. Additionally, funding will target the ‘worst of the worst’ repeat DUI offenders with Warrant/Probation Sweeps and Court Sting Enforcement Operations focusing on DUI offenders with suspend licenses who drive from court hearings after being ordered not to by a judge.
“Overall, California’s roadways are among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal – zero deaths on our roadways. The Office of Traffic Safety and the Avoid DUI Task Force want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across Humboldt County and the state.”
Motorists can expect to see special DUI campaigns during the winter and summer holiday periods as well as on Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and during local special events with identified DUI Problems. Funding for the grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Agencies participating in the ‘Avoid the 10’ taskforce include:
• Arcata Police Department
• California Highway Patrol
• Eureka Police Department
• Ferndale Police Department
• Fortuna Police Department
• Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office
• Humboldt County Probation Department
• Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department
• Humboldt State University Police Department
• Rio Dell Police Department