Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Police BadgeHeads up, holiday party-goers! To help save lives this holiday season, eight local law enforcement agencies are launching a special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown to stop impaired drivers.

The Yolo County DUI “Avoid the 8 Task Force” announced that officers and deputies are aggressively looking for impaired drivers and will arrest anyone driving under the influence. Enforcement efforts will include two driver’s license checkpoints, fifteen DUI
saturation patrols, a multi-agency DUI taskforce patrol, and a DUI warrant/probations sweep. The California Highway Patrol will employ all available officers during maximum enforcement periods at the Christmas and New Years holidays.

According to 2010 statistics, nearly 800 people were killed in California traffic accidents involving an impaired driver, including two fatalities in Yolo County.

Impaired motorists also face jail time, loss of their driver’s license and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of jobs.

The Yolo County DUI Avoid the 8 Task Force says there are 3 simple steps people can take to stay safe and out of trouble:

  • Plan ahead. If you drink, do not drive. Designate a sober driver when returning home.
  • If you are impaired, find another way home: use a taxi or public transportation, or call a sober friend or family member to take you home.
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, report them—call 911. Your action may save a life.

Be forewarned: if you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings, no excuses. “We want everyone to enjoy their holidays, but we also want our roadways to be safe,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “Police, sheriffs and the CHP will be out in force to help save lives, and they are not going to tolerate impaired driving. So remember, ‘drive sober or get pulled over.’ They will be watching.”

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