Sacramento, CA | A drunk driver with passengers collides head-on with a Taxi minivan leaving several injured in Midtown early Thursday morning.

At approximately 1:47 am Thursday morning, a black compact car collided head on with a taxi cab minivan at 20th and N Streets in Midtown. Occupants in both vehicles were injured and transported to area hospitals with non threatening injuries, per Sacramento Police department.

Per SacPD, the female driver of the vehicle who struck the cab, was arrested for felony DUI.

In a recent press release, SacPD stated, “Of the thirteen largest cities in California, the City of Sacramento has consistently had the highest rate of fatal and injury collisions based on population and average number of vehicle miles driven. Drunk driving remains one of America’s deadliest crimes.”

Sacramento Police Department has recently received $500,000 grant to continue and expand its DUI program which also includes a a comprehensive DUI education program and media campaign, per SacPD.

SacPD states, “…in addition to interventions, the grant will fund a DUI media campaign to target the highest DUI offender group, young adults between 18 and 34 years old. Alcohol-related traffic collisions remain the single greatest cause of death among youths and young adults. The likelihood of being involved in a fatal crash increases with higher blood alcohol content levels.”

As a continued part of their DUI program,  “…the Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on Thursday, December 30, 2010, at 21st Street/Capital.  It will begin at 8:30 p.m. and run for 5-7 hours. Traffic flowing through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to assure all drivers have a valid driver’s license,” per SacPD.

Sac PD further reminds that, “the purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety; increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and serves as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.”

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