The California Office of Traffic awarded $35,000 to the Redding Police Department to assist with an anti-DUI program. The $35,000 will mostly go to DUI Checkpoints to help prevent deaths and injuries caused by drivers under the influence.
The grant stems from the success of the ‘Avoid the Six’ campaign that Shasta County implemented over the holiday season. Multiple DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints were scheduled locally, county- and statewide, from December 14th through January 1st.
DUI arrests were down from 71 arrests in 2011, to 50 in 2012, during the campaign. The grant will help continue the program through the year.
The task force was composed of the Redding Police Department, Anderson Police Department, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Shasta County Probation Department, Shasta County Marshal’s Office, and CHP. They called the task force ’Avoid the Six’ because motorists could avoid being arrested by planning for a safe ride home.
California DUI laws hold a penalty of up to 6 months in jail, $1,000 fine, and your license suspended for 6 months.