Known for having a high rate of alcohol-involved accidents, the state of California won a grant last year to conduct a 12 month-long program. The results of that program are in and they were very positive.
Law enforcement agencies across the state were successful in carrying out the "Border to Border II DUI Enforcement Program" over the past year. While the following figures are high, they do represent a 25% decrease from the previous year. In 2010, there were 467 fatal alcohol-related collisions, which resulted in the death of 534 people.
In order to bring achieve this decline in DUI accidents, agencies worked together to conduct over 240 sobriety checkpoints from October 2010 to October 2011. In total, 45,000 hours were used to conduct the checkpoints and make over 2,000 DUI arrests. Thanks to the federal grant, officers from across the state were able to reduce DUI accidents and take drunk drivers off the roads.