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Citrus Heights PD awarded $161k grant for more DUI checkpoints, enforcement

Citrus Heights police DUI checkpoint. Photo by Luke Otterstad
File photo, Citrus Heights police conduct a DUI Checkpoint operation on Auburn Blvd. // CH Sentinel

By Mike Hazlip–
The Citrus Heights Police Department will accept a $161,000 grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety, following formal action taken by the City Council on Thursday.

The award will provide funding for officer training and increased DUI enforcement according to a resolution approved by the council. In addition to increased DUI checkpoints, the plan provides funds for maintaining a list of repeat DUI offenders.

Some of the operations planned for the funds are four DUI/DL checkpoints, 42 DUI saturation patrols, 15 traffic enforcement operations, three motorcycle safety operations, three distracted driving operations targeting drivers using mobile devices, and five pedestrian enforcement operations.

The Sentinel has reported on a number of DUI-related traffic incidents in recent months, including one involving major injury and damage to a utility pole earlier this month.

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“This grant will help foster our continued efforts of educating the public, promoting a safe environment for our community, and reduce the number of persons killed and injured in crashes involving alcohol, drugs, and other primary collision factors,” a staff report regarding the grant says.

The grant is administered through the California Office of Traffic Safety’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, with the goal of reducing the number of traffic incidents involving driving under the influence.

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