For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Andrew Frankel, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5881

BERKELEY POLICE AWARDED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE GRANT BY STATE OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, November 25, 2008) - The Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is set to begin a yearlong anti-Driving Under the Influence (DUI) program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on Berkeley streets.  The program comes as the result of a recent $174,846 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“The Berkeley Police Department is dedicated to keeping our streets safe through both traffic enforcement and education,” said Chief Douglas Hambleton. “This grant will allow us to continue to focus extra energy and resources on impaired drivers.” 

The grant will assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug related collisions.  The Department will use the grant to specifically target impaired drivers, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. This will be done through the use of DUI/driver’s license checkpoints, warrant searches and stakeouts for repeat DUI offenders, saturation patrols, and court stings where DUI offenders with suspended or revoked drivers licenses try to drive a car immediately after leaving court. 

“Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills and injures thousands every year in California," said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety.  “This grant will help get drunk drivers off the roadways of Berkeley making it safer for everyone.”

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