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Napa Police Department’ announced they will be patrolling on Friday night in search of motorists under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Beefed up patrols will be conducted between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and arrests, police said.

Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely, police said.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent), police said. Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

If you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects, police said.

Funding for this DUI operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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