DUI Checkpoints Target Rancho Cordova

The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for an anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on Rancho Cordova roadways. 

Enforcement measures to combat impaired driving are coming as a result of a recent $46,300 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety to Sacramento Sheriff’s Department for use within the City of Rancho Cordova. The Rancho Cordova Police Department is dedicated to keeping our streets safe through both enforcement and education.

“The dedicated hard work of men and women of the Rancho Cordova Police Department and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department is helping to reduce alcohol and drug related fatality and injury collisions in our area,” said Rancho Cordova Police Chief, Michael Goold.  “While this is good news, we know that only by keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness can we hope to sustain these declines and save lives.”

The special DUI Checkpoint grant is to assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug related collisions in the community.  The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. 

Drunk and drugged driving are among America’s deadliest crimes.  In 2011, a modern day low of 774 people were killed and over 24,000 injured in alcohol and drug-impaired crashes in California.  In 2012, Rancho Cordova experienced 2 killed and at least 17 injured in these same types of tragic crashes.  Crashes involving alcohol have been shown to drop by up to 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.  Checkpoints have proven to be the most effective of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent and are supported by nearly 90 percent of California drivers.

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.