Lead Up to Labor Day Brings DUI Crackdown in Contra Costa County

August 20, 2014 8:00 am · 8 comments


Labor Day weekend is coming up. For many Americans, that means an extra day off, backyard and beach barbecues, visiting friends and family, and the unofficial end of the summer season. Unfortunately, it also means a sharp increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities.

Starting now and continuing through September 1, 2014, law enforcement officers will be aggressively targeting drunk and drugged drivers as part of a nationwide effort to end impaired driving and save lives. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement on county streets, road and freeways.

The Avoid the 25 anti-DUI task force will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers throughout the region with plans in place for a DUI/Drivers license checkpoint in Lafayette on August 22, 2014. Additionally, other operations in Contra Costa include a multi-agency strike team, local 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.

In 2012, there were 10,322 people killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States. Over Labor Day weekend that year, 147 lost their lives to a drunk driver, more than a third (38%) of all traffic fatalities that weekend. Out of all the crash fatalities that weekend, one in four were attributed to drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .15 percent or higher – almost twice the legal limit in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Every 51 minutes, someone is killed in a drunk-driving crash. Over the Labor Day weekend, those fatalities increase to one every 34 minutes. Night time is especially dangerous; almost half (46%) of the fatalities in night time crashes over the Labor Day weekend involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher, compared to 25% in daytime fatal crashes.

This Labor Day weekend don’t let the festivities turn into fatalities. Remember that, aside from the obvious risks of killing yourself or someone else, driving impaired can also lead to serious punitive consequences. A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUI can cost up to $10,000.

The Avoid the 25 anti-DUI task force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reminds everyone to – Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.

The Office of Traffic Safety is offering a free mobile app – DDVIPCA.COM – aimed at thanking sober designated drivers with perks and free offers.

Justin August 20, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Just don’t drink and drive, folks. It’s really that easy.

That's All Folks! August 20, 2014 at 11:21 AM

They should aggressively target drunk and drugged drivers all year long, not just on holidays.

anon August 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM

“They should aggressively target drunk and drugged drivers all year long, not just on holidays”

Note: this is an OVERTIME event

That's All Folks! August 20, 2014 at 4:37 PM

@anon, why did you find it necessary to repeat my whole sentence and capitalize overtime? It makes you appear condescending.

@ anon 3 August 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM

You’re right. We should do absolutely nothing at all. We should all be more altruistic and work simply for greater good – pure selfless service. Work should be it’s own reward; money should obsolete. We should be able to walk into any grocery store and simply take what we need without paying. Farmers should work all the day long simply for love of their labor without the evil though of compensation. Just knowing that anon 3 has his fill is payment enough.

Note: this is SARCASM.

drunks_all_night_24/680/242/4 August 20, 2014 at 6:16 PM

there are plenty of drunks on the road after every Giants game or other event where people are driving home from SF. People are so drunk coming out of BART, I don’t know whey the Police just don’t pull them over right then and there. i’m so tired of these drunks barfing on BART, I could just scream. the rats in the tunnel between Embarcadero and Montgomery certainly love the barf all over the platforms. This is the REAL BART folks, not that crap you read about in the newspapers. And, by the way, that was a five-car train at midnight I was on Monday and as soon as the doors closed, some drunk hurled all over the passengers but BART is so stubborn it won’t run longer than five-car trains between 11 and midnight despite crush conditions because BART MANAGEMENTS SUCKS!

drunks_all_night_24/680/242/4 August 20, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Oh, but BART MANAGEMENT can justify giving themselves 3.7% raises, far more than the rest of the working public gets these days. I pay $300.00 a month for this service.

anon August 21, 2014 at 6:55 AM

BART management & employees do not care about you as recent events have shown….& they never will.

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