TRUCKEE, Calif. — During the month of June, the Truckee Police Department, in cooperation with other local law enforcement agencies, will assign officers to special DUI saturation patrols as part of Nevada County’s “Avoid the 5” program, officials announced Thursday.
According to a press release, the program is geared toward drivers of all ages, but is especially focused on under-age drinking and driving, considering June is the end of the school year and the start of the summer season locally.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens; one out of three are alcohol related.
“We want our teens to make it through graduation and go on to be successful in their adult lives,” said Truckee Police Sgt. Robert Womack. “We need to make sure we give them every chance to be successful. Drinking and driving is a chance no one needs to take.”
According to the press release, Truckee officers will be proactive this month throughout the eastern end of Nevada County, including Truckee, in addressing problems associated with underage drinking and impaired driving, said Truckee Police Chief Adam McGill.
Funding for Avoid the 5 is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.