Impaired Driving

Check Point Strikeforce

On Thursday, September 2, 2004, Governor Bob Wise kicked off the Checkpoint Strikeforce West Virginia campaign during a press event at the West Virginia State Police Headquarters. Governor Wise expressed his support for reducing drunk driving in West Virginia and commented on the successful lowering of the BAC limit to .08 during the last Legislative session.

The West Virginia Governor's Highway Safety Program facilitated the inaugural meeting of law enforcement agencies and stakeholders in highway safety in January 2004. The result was the formation of the West Virginia DUI Taskforce.  Over the next two months a year round Sustained Impaired Driving Enforcement Plan was developed, and it consists of a minimum of: 1,526 High Visibility Enforcement Events, 780 Public Education Events, 780 Media Events, 42 Training Opportunities, and 30 Age Specific Activities.  The GHSP, Commission on Drunk Driving Prevention, West Virginia State Police, WV Prosecutors Institute, Alcohol Beverage Control Commission, and local law enforcement make up the DUI Taskforce. This plan is still in effect and we are ahead of our enforcement event goals.

The GHSP Law Enforcement Liaison Office is coordinating the efforts of local law enforcement and the eight Regional Traffic Safety Programs funded through GHSP. The Traffic Records Section of the WVSP will serve as a point of contact for the WVSP.


Alcohol Impaired Driving Totals

Alcohol Totals

 2005

 2006

 2007

 2008

 2009

 2010

Alcohol Related
Fatalities (BAC = .08>)

110

105

138

128

115

112

Alcohol Fatality Rate

.54

.50

.67

.61

.59

.51

Alcohol Fatality % 

29

 25

32

34

32

30

Alcohol Related Crashes

3,395

3,514

3,301

2,770

1,831

1,647

Alcohol Related Injuries

2,445

2,572

N/A

1,700

749

710

Underage Alcohol Sales 16.43% 20.63%  17.51% 20.23%  15.64%  22.65% 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Goals and Objectives of the Program

 

 

1) Decrease the alcohol impaired driving fatalities (with BAC of .08>) by 5% from the 2005-2009 calendar base year average of 119 to 113 by December 31, 2012. | 2010 – 88 |

2) To Increase the numbers of persons arrested for DUI Offenses  by 10% from 9,785 to 10,076 by 
    June 30, 2012. | 2011 – DUI Arrest -  9,479 |

3) To obtain $200,000 in Earned Media during the course of the campaign.

4) To reduce the total number of alcohol related crashes to less than 3,000 by June 30, 2012. 
    | 2010 - 1,647 |


5)
To reduce the successful Alcohol Buys by underage persons to below 15% by June 30, 2012.  
    | 2010 - 22.65%
|

Click it or Ticket (CIOT)


What is CIOT? It is a program that encourages law enforcement to make seat belts a priority during routine traffic stops.  For more information on CIOT, follow this link.

  

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