City of SLO gets grant to oversee countywide campaign against drunken driving

The California Office of Traffic Safety has awarded the City of San Luis Obispo a grant of $160,000 to administer a countywide anti-drunken-driving campaign.

The city will administer the grant for 14 police departments and agencies in the county. The grant will fund activities to catch drunken drivers including sobriety checkpoints, multi-agency drunken-driving task force deployments and saturation patrols during holiday periods.

The grant will also fund operations targeting egregious offenders. These include warrant and probation searches of repeat offenders and sting operations focusing on offenders who leave court hearings and drive away on suspended licenses after being ordered not to drive by a judge.

“Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can drastically change or end a life in the blink of an eye,” said Stephen Gesell, San Luis Obispo Police Chief. “The Avoid the 14 campaign focuses the collective resources of multiple law enforcement agencies in San Luis Obispo County communities with the objective of detecting and arresting impaired drivers who recklessly choose to endanger their lives and the lives of others.”