Plan Aimed At Reducing DUIs In Sacramento

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 10, 2006

Under the plan, drunk drivers could have their cars impounded for up to 15-days. 

"Hopefully, if we’re going to make a dent, this would be a good place to make it."

Doctor Leon Owens came up with the plan. He’s the director of the trauma center at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael where about 40% of their patients are intoxicated.

But Owens’ plan wouldn’t just take away a repeat offender’s car. It also includes another element. 

"A program that will also intervene with these people upon arrest and make this a meaningful event in their lives hopefully, such that they’ll seek treatment and we’ll try to get some help for them."

The 3-year pilot project could start as early as July 1st.