Fullerton Police address bar issue

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The Fullerton Police Department began implementation of two grants geared toward DUI prevention in an effort to thwart the downtown Fullerton bar problem, according the Orange County Register.

Members of the Fullerton City Council voted unanimously to accept a $146,222 state grant for programs related to drunk driving prevention and a separate grant of $50,000 specifically for sobriety checkpoints last August.

Fullerton police Capt. George Crum said implementation began in October of last year and have since completed 35 saturation patrols and one sobriety checkpoint with another one scheduled for this month.

The department plans to set 55 more saturation patrols and stage three more sobriety checkpoints through the end of September of this year.

Saturation patrols are six hour operations with two officers patrolling the high volume downtown bar scene looking for suspected drunk drivers.

The patrols have been successful with an average of one DUI arrest per patrol.

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