Aug 20, 2015 1:52 AM by Debbie Cobb
Several officers in Northern California were honored by the annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) awards and training seminar held in Redding yesterday. The officers were recognized for each making more than 25 DUI arrests in 2014.
Officers from Butte County who received awards were Officer James Price - California Highway Patrol, Chico (52 arrests) • Officer Patrick Feaster - Paradise Police Department (76 arrests) • Officer Ryon Mitchell - Chico Police Department (27 arrests) • Officer Travis Johnsen - Chico Police department (71 arrests). Officer Ruben Martinez - California Highway Patrol, Chico (27 arrests) • Officer Mike Warner - California Highway Patrol, Chico (32 arrests).
According to the CHP, there is a fatal or injury collision every 3 minutes 14 seconds and there were zero days during the year someone did not die on our highways. 2009 was the last year there was a day during the year without a fatality. 28% of all fatalities were a result of alcohol impaired drivers. There was a 30% drop in all fatal collisions between 2005 and 2010 in California. California showed slight increases in 2011 and 2012 even though the number of vehicle miles traveled remains the same.
Butte County law enforcement say they will remain vigilant for DUI drivers in an effort to keep streets and highways safe. During the two weeks leading up to Labor Day there will be increased levels of officers conducting DUI enforcement in the form of checkpoints and saturation patrols. The increased level of enforcement is made available through a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.