Tuesday December 23, 2008

During the evening of Friday 12/26/08 the City of Napa Police Departmentwill be conducting DUI Saturation Patrols in the city limits of Napa.  The saturation patrols will be in an areawhere the City of Napahas experienced a high number of collisions because the driver was driving underthe influence and in areas where a high number of DUI arrests have been made. 

The Napa Police Department is attempting cut down oncollisions involving the driver who has been drinking. An average of onealcohol-related traffic fatality occurs every 31 minutes. About 3 in 10 peoplewill be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime. In the City of Napa, this would amount to 22,500 residents involved in analcohol related crash in their lifetime comparable to almost the totalpopulation of American Canyon, St. Helenaand Calistoga combined.

The Napa Police Department has partnered with the NapaCounty DUI Task Force to address drinking and drinking through education,enforcement and policy change.  The taskforce includes representatives from Napa County Health and Human Services, NapaCounty Drinking Driver Program, CHP, Napa Police Department, CatalystCoalition, and other community agencies. 

The Napa Police Department wants the person that has beendrinking to find an alternative way to get from one place to another withoutgetting behind the wheel and driving. Some alternatives to driving are to take a cab, take the city bus, walk,call a friend, use a designated driver or not drink at all. 

The funding for the DUI Saturation Patrols comes from agrant that the Napa Police Department received from the California Office ofTraffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration