National City police awarded $66,450 grant to pay for drunken driving operations

Money will fund sobriety checkpoints

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - The state Office of Traffic Safety awarded National City police a $66,450 grant to pay for drunken driving operations, police said Tuesday.
   
The money will fund sobriety checkpoints in the South Bay city, according to NCPD Chief Manuel Rodriguez, who credits previous grant-funded checkpoint operations with saving lives.
   
"For the last three years National City has not had a fatal traffic collision associated with the driver being drunk or under the influence of drugs," Rodriguez said. "We believe this is directly related to receiving the
grants from the Office of Traffic Safety, which allows our department to conduct DUI checkpoints. Without the assistance of the Office of Traffic Safety, conducting DUI checkpoints would be an economic drain on the city of National City."

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