Officers from the Garden Grove Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying officers on a special saturation patrol this Friday to crack down on drunk driving in the city’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety, save lives and prevent injuries.
“If you drive drunk, Garden Grove PD will be looking for you,” said Sgt Carl Whitney, Garden Grove PD. “If you’re over the limit, you will be arrested.”
Garden Grove PD will be conducting this “Zero Tolerance” DUI Saturation Patrol on Friday, November 20th, 2009, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver before their celebrations begin. Funding for the patrol is through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Over the course of the past year, DUI collisions have claimed 10 lives and resulted in 44 wrecks injuring 39 of our friends and neighbors in Garden Grove,” said Sgt Whitney.
Since 2005, the number of alcohol-involved fatalities has been dropping, thanks to efforts like this. But law enforcement and the public must continue to work toward zero deaths.
“Law enforcement officers are doing more to remove drunk drivers from California’s streets and highways thanks to our DUI traffic safety funding,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “But everyone can help make their communities safer. If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.”
The DUI Saturation Patrol will deploy within the city limits of Garden Grove on Friday night starting at approximately 5:00 p.m.
Anyone with questions can contact Master Officer Juan Centeno at 714-741-5230.