Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
updated: Dec 12, 2012, 5:45 PM
Source: Avoid the 14
Heads up to holiday party-goers! To help save lives this holiday season, law
enforcement from 14 agencies are launching a special "Drive Sober or Get Pulled
Over" crackdown to stop impaired drivers and to save lives on our roadways.
The Ventura County DUI Avoid the 14 Task Force is announcing that officers and
deputies will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers and will arrest
anyone caught driving under the influence. Enforcement efforts will include: 4
DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints, 15 local DUI saturation patrols, a Multi-Agency
DUI Taskforce strike team patrol, and a DUI Warrant/Probation sweep. The CHP
will deploy all available officers during two Maximum Enforcement Periods -
Christmas and New Years Weekends. The special enforcement crackdown will run
from December 14, 2012, through January 1, 2013. (See attached Enforcement
Schedule of Operations)
"Lots of folks will be out during this busy holiday season, enjoying themselves
and the holiday festivities, and we want everyone to be safe on our roadways."
said Avoid the 14 Task force Coordinator, Sergeant Randy Latimer of the Oxnard
Police Department. "That's why we will be stepping up enforcement to catch and
arrest impaired drivers. Please be forewarned. If you are caught driving
impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses."
During 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle
traffic crashes involving an impaired driver and in Californian 791 people died
on our state's streets and highways. There were 14 individuals killed in Ventura
County that year.
The holiday season is a particularly dangerous time. During December 2010, 30
percent of all fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crash involved alcohol-
impaired drivers. Data also shows that among those alcohol-impaired-driving
fatalities, 71 percent occurred when drivers had nearly twice the legal limit
blood alcohol concentration of .15 % BAC or higher.
"No one ever thinks that their holiday celebration will end in jail, or worse,
in a hospital or the morgue," said Sergeant Rick Harwood, Thousand Oaks Police
Traffic Sergeant. "But for those who include alcohol in their celebrations and
then get behind the wheel, this is too often the case."
Heads Up - violators face jail time, loss of driver license, and steep financial
consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost
time at work, and the potential loss of job.
The Avoid the 14 Coalition said there are three simple steps people can take to
stay safe and out of trouble:
1. Plan ahead. If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Designate
a sober driver or find another safe way home. Even one too many drinks increases
the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle.
2. If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober
friend or family member, use public transportation. 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 actions may save
someone's life, and inaction could cost a life.
"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."
The national Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is led by the California
Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and NHTSA, with the California Avoid DUI Task
Force Campaign combining high-visibility enforcement and heightened public
awareness through publicity. The program is funded by the California Office of
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