Release Date/Time: 12/13/2016 11:18 AM
Incident: Winter Campaign DUI enforcement
Report #: N/A
Date: Tuesday, 12/13/2016
Time: 11:17 AM
Location: City of Salinas
This Holiday Season, The Salinas Police Department Is Looking For Drunk Drivers.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
This holiday season, Salinas Police will be out looking for drunk & drugged drivers as part of a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization. 'December 16th through January 1st we will be sending out extra patrols with specially trained officers who are experts in DUI enforcement and recognition,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross, 'The dangers of drunk and drugged driving are well known. There is no excuse for driving intoxicated and the Salinas Police Department will do everything we can to catch, arrest, and prosecute DUI drivers. Our goal is to keep the roads safe so everyone can enjoy the holidays free of the tragedies that often accompany DUI driving.”
As part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign period, police, sheriff and the CHP will be deploying DUI Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols during the upcoming 17-day DUI crackdown throughout the region. Salinas PD is conducting a DUI Checkpoint and several DUI saturation patrols. Drugs such as prescription medication, marijuana or illicit drugs can impair judgment and get you the same DUI arrest as alcohol.
Nationally in 2014, 32,675 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes with 9,967 people killed in crashes involving an impaired driver. In California, total highway deaths were reported at 3,126 with 1,155 lives lost in alcohol and/or drug impaired collisions. If you're caught driving impaired by alcohol or drugs, you could face jail time, fines, loss of driver's license, towing fees, and other DUI expenses, totaling $10,000 on average.
'Driving under the influence is not only costly, but can ruin the holidays for you, your family or for someone else's family,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'Make the decision to drive sober or use our DDVIP app to help you find a safe ride home for yourself or your friends if you know they've been drinking.”
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.
For more information on the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign and all OTS efforts, visit www.ots.ca.gov. To learn more about the DDVIP app, please visit the OTS Facebook at www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS or follow OTS on Twitter @OTS_CA.
The Salinas Police Department wants everyone to have a safe and memorable holiday season, and is calling on everyone to be alert; ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911! Funding for this holiday enforcement campaign is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250