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Ask Officer Michelle – DUI Crackdown!

Have you ever been driving down a highway and noticed a vehicle swerving or observe that the driver seems to be over-compensating while driving? You believe that this driver is DUI. What do you do? Call 911. Chances are you are dialing from a cell phone. The call is immediately patched through to CHP, who is exactly who you want to report to when driving on the freeway. If you are in the city limits, you would call 732-0100. Check out your local law enforcement agency to obtain the cell phone emergency number. You will know if you are in the city limits if the street signs are green. The county usually has white street signs.

Following the success of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, the Office of Traffic Safety is working with local law enforcement with the “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign.

During this campaign, agencies across the country will be cracking down on impaired drivers. In 2008, for the first time since 1998, alcohol-involved fatalities dropped by 5.2 percent. High visibility enforcement has proven to be an extremely valuable deterrent helping greatly in this effort.

You as the community can help us in catching drunk drivers. If you see a vehicle who you suspect is being driven by a drunk driver, call us. Be prepared to give the license plate and a description of the vehicle and the driver. Dispatch will want to know your location, and the direction the vehicle is traveling. The more information you are able to provide to the dispatcher, the better. He or she will then make a broadcast to all units in the area. The units can then begin looking for this vehicle to perform a vehicle stop.

Never follow a vehicle too closely. Drunk drivers are unpredictable. Their reaction times are slower; they are often times unable to judge distance to speed ratios, and swerve/make frequent lane changes. Just act as the best possible witness possible.

 

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