This holiday season, state and local law enforcement will be out in force targeting impaired drivers throughout the Bay Area. From now until January 1, 2014, California Highway Patrol, local police and Sheriff’s Offices will be watching for impaired drivers to help keep roads, streets and freeway safe.
The following information is from the Contra Costa County Sheriff:
Plans are in place for DUI/driver’s license checkpoints, a multi-agency strike team, roving anti-DUI saturation patrols, a DUI warrant/probation sweep and a DUI court sting targeting suspended drivers who were ordered by a judge not to drive.
Data shows that the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of impaired drivers on the roads. Nationally from 2007-2011, there were 4,169 people killed during the month of December in crashes that involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .08% or higher. In California, during the same time period, 505 people were killed and thousands seriously injured.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationally in 2011. Nearly one-third of those fatalities occurred in DUI-related collisions. California saw a total of 2,835 deaths, with 774 killed in DUI crashes on streets, roads and highways.
Drunk drivers often face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates, and other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, to lost wages due to time off from work. Even worse, a drunk driver can cause a traffic collision that claims someone’s life.
Please follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:
- Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.
- If you will be drinking, do not drive. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
- Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life; inaction could cost a life.
Funding for the Avoid the 25 anti-DUI task force is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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