A new traffic safety grant to fund an anti-DUI program has been awarded to the Redondo Beach Police Department.
The grant, which totals $51,000, was just awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
DUI checkpoints, which are aimed at preventing deaths related to driving under the influence, will now be enforced in Redondo Beach as a result.
"When you drive under the influence of intoxicants, you show a careless disregard for yourself, your family and friends and for the innocent, law-abiding people that share the road with you," Redondo Beach Police Department's Chief Joe Leonardi said in a statement. "Impaired drivers cause collisions that frequently result in injury or death. We are committed to reduce these incidents through increased enforcement."
Around 23 people in Redondo Beach were injured last year in DUI-related collisions. Crashes involving alcohol have been shown to drop by up to 20 percent when DUI checkpoints are conducted and well publicized, according to police.