SLOPD adds DUI cop
November 18, 2013
The San Luis Obispo Police Department added a position dedicated solely to catching and arresting drivers under the influence of alcohol.
New DUI enforcement officer Tim Koznek made six DUI arrest in his first two nights of work earlier this month, according to the police department.
“Each DUI arrest is a potential tragedy averted,” Police Chief Steve Gesell said in a news release. “This officer’s primary purpose is to hunt those that choose to endanger themselves and others by getting behind the wheel impaired.”
The department received a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to fund the position and selected Koznek for the role. Koznek previously received several Mothers Against Drunk Drivers awards as a SLOPD officer.
A recent Office of Traffic Safety study of California cities with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 found that San Luis Obispo ranked 18th out of 93 cities in having the most alcohol related crashes.
Koznek works nighttime hours on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.