CHP, OTS Team Up for Year-Long Joint Effort to Reduce Impaired Driving in California

This is a press release from the California Highway Patrol:


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A new year-long joint effort to reduce impaired driving in California is underway. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are working together to reduce impaired driving with a new Statewide Impairment Reduction (SIR) campaign, from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018.

The SIR grant provides the CHP with funding to conduct additional saturation patrols for driving under the influence (DUI), DUI checkpoints, and traffic safety education efforts throughout California. The primary goal of these efforts is to apprehend DUI drivers and educate the public about the dangers of impaired driving.

In 2015, California experienced 663 deaths and 11,061 injuries as a result of impaired driving collisions, according to data from the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Each injury and death represents a preventable tragedy, and a continued need to focus efforts on reducing impaired driving.

“Law enforcement throughout the state continues to do their part by removing impaired drivers from the roadway,” CHP Acting Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “With this grant funding we can continue an aggressive education and enforcement campaign to deter drivers from making the poor decision to drive impaired.”

The public is encouraged to call 9-1-1 if they see a suspected DUI driver.  They should be prepared to provide a location, direction of travel, and vehicle description. Additionally, drivers should plan ahead before getting on the road. There is always a better option than getting behind the wheel while impaired.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While alcohol remains a primary factor for a number of impaired driving collisions, the presence of drugs in fatal and injury collisions continues to increase. As such, OTS and the CHP recognize that, “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” As a reminder, you can be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, cannabis, prescription or illicit drugs, or any impairing combination of alcohol and drugs. Please don’t drive impaired.



  • Ticket the Texting Drivers

    Isn’t that what CHP is supposed to be doing?
    Can we include local cops,too?

    Oh well,go get ’em! Plenty ’round here…

  • Grants, grants, grants. What a way to run a government!

  • The article states “to call 9-1-1 if they see a suspected DUI driver.” In the event one has knowledge that someone is driving impaired (ex.1: Someone leaves a party inebriated and drives away; ex. 2: someone nodding off and speaking slurred/slow drives away), does calling 911 still apply? In these scenarios, the direction of travel or exact location of the impaired driver may not be known. If calling 911 isn’t appropriate and stopping the impaired person before they drive away is not possible, what is a recommended course of action?

  • beer=profits. At what cost??

    (ex.1: Someone leaves a party inebriated and drives away;

    /\ every fundraising event in so hum /\

  • Remember, marijuana smokers, they are going to push very hard to make smoking marijuana the equivalent of drunk driving if you get behind the wheel. It’s complete and utter bullshit and they have absolutely zero scientific evidence that marijuana in any way impairs one’s ability to drive much less is any way remotely comparable to being drunk, but that’s what they are going to try and do.

    • It already is the same, has been for years, I have no problems with people smoking pot but not if they are driving! if you think being stoned doesn’t effect your reaction time and cloud your senses you are already high, Please don’t drive.

      • groba dude osnt trustafarian

        It is about time to throw the book at stoned driving! We have reliable point of sample tests for cannabinoids in saliva, so swab those mouths! If you must get high, don’t drive for 6-8 hours!

        In general, drive, then smoke after arrival!

        Northern California is dangerous enough without the folks from Indiana coming here and driving 15 mph because they stopped in Garberville and scored some local product!

        Zap em CHP! OH, and we have many many industrial-strength drunks in Humboldt, and Eureka-Fortuna in particular, so maybe we should be trying to remove some of them too!

  • Is that more money for doing what their job calls for?

  • Year long joint……wow!

  • That’s why they’re going after Marijuana impairment also…,. it’s a JOINT effort lol

  • Ya know, just under 700 deaths in a year for a state this large isnt all that bad. Wonder how many deaths were caused by doctors screwing up meds for the same year in this state .

    • Correct, that seems rather low just under 2 a day average? (1.9) You would think it would be higher for a whole state of just under 40million people. Still way to many though.

  • Ya aint gettin me coppas! Ya aint gettin me!

  • How about a effort to reduce homeless, bums & tweekers??

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