Release Date/Time: 9/6/2016 11:37 AM
Incident: AVOID the 20 DUI Summer Campaign
Report #: Several
Date: Tuesday, 9/6/2016
Time: 11:37 AM
Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties
Monterey and San Benito Counties AVOID The 20 DUI Campaign Weekend – Final Report
This past Labor Day holiday period, the Avoid the 20 partnered with law enforcement statewide in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk-driving enforcement campaign. From August 19-September 5, local police, sheriff and CHP showed zero tolerance for impaired driving, arresting 145 offenders for the deadly crime. Last year during the same time period 136 drivers were arrested.
The Avoid the 20 ramped up its usual enforcement efforts, deploying 2 checkpoints and an additional 36 roving DUI saturation patrols. The Avoid the 20 said that by removing 145 drunk drivers from the roads, many lives were likely saved. 'For us, saving one life would make the campaign worthwhile,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross of the Salinas Police Department. 'We want everyone to know that these 20 law enforcement agencies and the great majority of our community do not tolerate drunk driving. Our officers were focusing on pulling over and arresting drivers who were under the influence. We wanted to get out the message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” he said.
Through TV, radio, and social media the high-visibility enforcement campaign aimed to increase awareness about the dangers of drunk driving. According to NHTSA, this aggressive approach has proven effective in the past for enforcing other types of traffic safety laws, such as seat belt usage. 'The key is to plan a safe ride home before you take the first sip,” said Sergeant Ross. 'If everyone planned ahead, lives would be saved.”
'There is never a safe time to drink and drive,” said Sergeant Ross. 'In partnership with NHTSA, we ask everyone to please consider the deadly consequences of their actions. Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, every day of the year.”
From August 19 to September 5, you probably noticed the ‘Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force was out in full force, targeting one of the deadliest killers on the road: drunk driving. The enforcement was part of the national 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, to save lives and make our roads safer. DUI enforcement resulted in far too many drunk driving arrests and citations countywide over the past 18 days. Law enforcement officials will be conducting more anti-DUI efforts throughout the region again during Halloween before planning for the December Winter DUI Mobilization.
Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911! anytime you encounter a dangerous impaired driver. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
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