Friday March 27, 2009

During the evening of 3/27/09 the Napa Police Department will be conducting DUI Saturation Patrols in the city limits of Napa.  The saturation patrols will be in an area where the City of Napa has experienced a high number of collisions because the driver was driving under the influence and in areas where a high number of DUI arrests have been made.

The Napa Police Department is attempting cut down on collisions involving the driver who has been drinking. An average of one alcohol-related traffic fatality occurs every 31 minutes. About 3 in 10 people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime. In the City of Napa, this would amount to 22,500 residents involved in an alcohol related crash in their lifetime, comparable to the populations of American Canyon, St. Helena and Calistoga combined.

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

The Napa Police Department wants the person that has been drinking to find an alternative way to get from one place to another without getting 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 a grant that the Napa Police Department received from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration