Release Date/Time: 8/16/2016 8:50 AM
Incident: AVOID the 20 DUI enforcement Summer Campaign
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Date: Tuesday, 8/16/2016
Time: 8:48 AM
Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties
This Labor Day, Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
The Avoid the 20 Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force Shows Zero Tolerance In Its Goal to End Drunk Driving
This Labor Day weekend, families and friends will be celebrating the end of the summer. Sadly, this festive time has also become a dangerous time for America's roads, as many drunk drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating. For this reason, the Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to stop drunk drivers and help save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs August 19-September 5, 2016. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with sobriety checkpoints and increased officers working DUI Saturation Patrols on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation's roads.
The Avoid the 20 will deploy 2 DUI/Drivers License checkpoints and several DUI Saturation Patrols to stop and arrest alcohol and drug impaired drivers during the end of summer 18 day DUI campaign. Police, Sheriff and the California Highway Patrol's routine patrols will be on looking for the tale-tell sign of drunk driving in order to stop and arrest impaired drivers.
According to NHSTA, on average, over 10,000 people died each year (2010 to 2014) in drunk-driving crashes nationwide while California recorded 882 deaths. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend (6 p.m. August 29 – 5:59 a.m. September 2), 40 percent of the fatalities in traffic crashes involved drunk drivers, which was the highest percentage over the five years 2010 to 2014. And nighttime proves to be the most dangerous time to be out on the roads: During the 2014 Labor Day holiday period, 83 percent of drunk-driving crash fatalities occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. – as compared to half of all drunk-driving crash fatalities throughout the rest of that year.
Additionally, 40 percent of crash fatalities on Labor Day weekend in 2014 involved drunk drivers (with blood alcohol concentrations [BACs] of .08 or higher), amounting to 162 lives lost nationwide and 20 in California. And we're not just talking about a little bit of alcohol, either. More than a quarter (28%) of the crash fatalities that occurred on Labor Day weekend involved drivers with BACs of .15 or higher—almost twice the illegal limit.
'Drunk driving is not only deadly, it is illegal,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross 'Drunk driving is a massive problem in the United States, with more than 10,000 people dying every year. Pay attention to your own driving, but also look out for others who could be driving drunk,” he added. 'It is your business. If you think you see a drunk driver, report them – call 911.”
The reality is that people aren't invincible. Of the 9,967 people who were killed in impaired-driving crashes in 2014, 64 percent were the drunk drivers themselves. Those 6,391 drunk drivers thought they would make it to their destinations, but they didn't.
'Keep in mind that you can't trust your own judgement when you've been drinking,” said Ross. 'You may not think you're drunk. You may think you can drive. But law enforcement will know you're intoxicated and know that your driving is impaired. Law enforcement officers get more training than ever in detecting and identifying drunk drivers. Officers will notice little things you do when driving that indicate you've been drinking. They will stop you and arrest you.”
The Avoid the 20 DUI Coalition reminds everyone:
• Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.
• Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
• Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or 'DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.
• DRUGS, MEDICATION & ALCOHOL = CRASHES: Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.
• If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take your friend's keys and help your friend make other arrangements to get to where he or she is going safely.
As the summer winds to an end, remember that there's no excuse for drunk or impaired driving. If you choose to break the law, police sheriff and CHP official will see you before you see them. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety.
Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250