Avoid the 20 Winter Mobilization

Release Date/Time: 12/8/2014 11:20 AM

Incident: Avoid the 20 Winter Mobilization

Report #: N/a

Date: Monday, 12/8/2014

Time: 11:14 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

YOU BETTER WATCH OUT, I'M TELLING YOU WHY: COPS ARE CRACKING DOWN ON DRUNK DRIVING Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Salinas CA — This time of year, with all the holiday parties and festive occasions, many partygoers will be drinking. If you're celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, the Salinas Police Department has a message for you: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement agencies across the country will be out in force December 12-January 1, 2015 actively searching for drunk drivers. The Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers this holiday season with plans in place for a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint, a Multi-Agency Strike Team, 44 local roving DUI Saturation Patrols and a DUI Warrant/Probation Sweep. The facts are grim: on average, a third (31%) of all crash fatalities in America involves drunk driving. In December 2012 there were 830 people killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher; 26 of those deaths occurred on Christmas Day. But on Christmas day 2012, the percentage jumped to 36 percent. For all of 2012, more than 10,322 people were killed by drunk drivers in America, with 802 of those in California alone. In California, an additional 24,000 were seriously injured. It's one of the primary missions of law enforcement, the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to eliminate these tragedies. As part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign period, law enforcement will be increasing their number of patrols, setting up DUI Checkpoints, and using local media to reach all drivers. If you're drinking and driving, the Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force will be out to find and arrest you – no warnings, no excuses. You'll face jail time, fines, loss of your driver's license, towing fees, and other DUI expenses, totaling $10,000 on average. Not to mention the humiliation among your family, friends, and workplace. The only way to truly avoid a DUI is to drive sober. There are many ways to get home safely after drinking, and driving isn't one of them. Designate a sober driver ahead of time, or call a friend or family member. You could also use public transportation, or call a taxi. The cost of cab fare is nothing compared to a $10,000 DUI or the cost of someone's life, and the ‘inconvenience' of not driving your own car home is nothing compared to the inconvenience of spending the holidays behind bars. In addition to reminding all drivers to drive sober, Deputy Chief Terry Gerhardstein is asking all to drive safely during this holiday period and be especially alert to drunk drivers on the roadway. If you see a drunk driver on the road, do not hesitate and dismiss what you are seeing. Report Drunk Drivers - Call 911! - as soon as safely possible. Your decision to report a drunk driver could save someone's life and make the roadways safe for all. The December holiday period usually includes parties and other social functions that involve drinking. We encourage all to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends and in doing so drink responsibly if you desire. If someone you know is about to drive after they have been drinking, please do us all a favor and take their keys and try to get them home safely. We in law enforcement want to work with the community during this holiday season and year-round to reduce and eliminate the senseless act of drunk driving” Some startling data from NHTSA shows that during the holiday season in 2012, 40 percent of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes had at least one prior DUI on their record. And many offenders are young drivers: during that same holiday period 37 percent of the 21 to 24-year old drivers in fatal crashes were impaired. Surprisingly, almost 1 out of 6 drivers under the age of 21 in those fatal crashes were also drunk, even though they're too young to legally buy or consume alcohol. The Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force advises Monterey and San Benito County drivers follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy: • Under the right conditions, even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash. • If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins. • If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation. Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive: 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 Administration. The Office of Traffic Safety is offering a free mobile app – DDVIP – aimed at thanking the sober designated driver with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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