Wednesday Jul 30 2008
Roseville Police drive home the message: don't drink and drive
Extra officers on the lookout for DUI drivers this Friday
Extra Roseville Police Department officers will be on the road this Friday night, hunting for drunken drivers. Impaired drivers will be arrested, and their vehicles may be towed. "Summer's in full swing, the weather is wonderful, the kids are still out of school, and a lot more people are out late enjoying themselves," said Roseville Police Captain Stan Lumsden said. "Our goal is for everyone to get home safely. Drunk driving will not be tolerated." Overall, Roseville's roads are safer this year. Three percent fewer collisions were reported during the first six months of 2008 than during the same time period last year. Seven percent fewer injury and fatal traffic collisions were reported. But drunken driving remains a major concern. While other kinds of collisions have declined in Roseville, collisions involving drunken drivers have increased. Nine percent more DUI collisions ocurred during the first six months of 2008 compared to the same six-month period last year. From January through June, 32 people were injured by drunken drivers. Roseville Police officers arrested 502 suspected DUI drivers during the first six months of the year, a 41 percent increase over the same period last year. "Even one injury caused by a drunk driver is not acceptable," Lumsden said. "It's important to remember that while you may only feel 'buzzed', you may in fact be legally drunk. It's safest to not drive at all if you've been drinking. Designate a driver, or call a taxi or a sober friend for a ride home." The Designated Drivers Association of Sacramento offers free rides home in the Roseville area on Friday and Saturday nights. They can be reached at 335-5555. Funding for Roseville's DUI checkpoints and patrols is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.