The Perris Police Department’s Traffic Unit is planning a DUI Roving Saturation Patrol in an effort to crack down on drunk drivers.
The stepped-up patrols are scheduled for Friday July 13 from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. around the city of Perris, officials reported.
Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities.
In 2009, 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths were caused by a drunk driver.
Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009.
DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009, a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department press release stated.
Total DUI related traffic fatalities are at their lowest in six decades, Sgt. Danny Lingo stated in a written report.
Sgt. Lingo added a DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method to lower these numbers.