Officials from the La Habra Police Department have announced that they
will be increasing their efforts to arrest motorists who drive under the
influence of alcohol or drugs. Police will be utilizing additional resources
to increase the number of DUI checkpoints within the next year, as well
as other anti-DUI and pro-safety measures.
Funding for the new projects was provided to by a $108,425 grant from the
California Office of Traffic Safety. Officials have announced the following
plans for the funds:
- Seven DUI checkpoints
- Five distracted driving patrols
- Two night time seat belt check patrols
- Enforcement of warrants for DUI offenders
Grants like the one provided by the state Office of Traffic Safety are
essential to enabling communities to focus on arresting, prosecuting,
and penalizing motorists stopped for driving under the influence. This
particular grant is awarded based on a city's financial needs and
their rankings related to public safety.
Just as with all municipalities throughout Orange County, La Habra is continually
increasing its focus on DUI arrests. With the holiday season soon to come,
La Habra authorities – and all agencies across the County –
are preparing for a number of DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols.
These efforts are made more frequent during the holiday season, which
sees the highest rates of DUI-related accidents, injuries, and deaths.