Release Date/Time: 5/24/2017 2:29 PM
Incident: Memorial Day weekend DUI patrols
Report #: N/A
Date: Wednesday, 5/24/2017
Time: 2:28 PM
Location: City of Salinas
The Memorial Day weekend is a great opportunity for families to get together to enjoy outdoor activities such as barbeques and picnics. High school seniors will be graduating over the next few days and the weekend will also be a great time to celebrate those accomplishments. Unfortunately, these activities and celebrations sometimes lead to people drinking alcohol or using drugs and then making the poor decision to get behind the wheel.
The Salinas Police Department will be doing everything in its power to prevent those poor decisions from becoming tragedies. The Department will be sending extra DUI officers out this holiday weekend for DUI saturation patrols. And remember, DUI doesn't just mean booze. Many of the officers have special training to help them detect when a driver is under the influence of drugs. It doesn't matter if the drug is an illegal drug, marijuana, or prescription medication; if you are under the influence, you are breaking the law and will be arrested.
'Some people believe drivers under the influence of marijuana driver slower,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'This is not the case. Drivers under the influence of marijuana have a more difficult time focusing. They often drive too fast and don't even realize what they are doing.”
The Salinas Police Department is asking everyone to do their part:
• Plan ahead. Make sure you and your friends and family know how they will get home safely before the drinking starts. Do you have a sober driver? Are you going to get a taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc? Know ahead of time.
• Make a commitment to yourself not to drink or use drugs and drive, no matter what situation arises.
• Don't allow your friends and family to drink and drive.
• If you see dangerous driving, Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!
Salinas PD is also still involved in the nationwide Click It or Ticket Campaign and will be looking to issue tickets to those who don't buckle up or don't secure their young passengers. Buckle Up!
Funding is provided through 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