Release Date/Time: 7/20/2016 12:34 PM
Incident: Rodeo Week DUI enforcement
Report #: N/A
Date: Wednesday, 7/20/2016
Time: 12:33 AM
The AVOID the 20 DUI Task Force will be sending out additional officers this Rodeo Weekend for DUI enforcement. The California Rodeo Salinas is the biggest event in the area year in and year out and is a source of enjoyment for hundreds of families. People come from all over to enjoy the festivities. Many of the festivities include alcohol consumption which adds to the enjoyment for many. However, some partiers make the poor decision to drive after drinking and a DUI crash is not so much fun to those who are injured or killed, not to mention the devastation it can cause to entire families.
The County's DUI Task Force kicks off Wednesday night by deploying special DUI Saturation Patrols that will continue through Sunday. 'It is very important to plan ahead,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross of Salinas PD. 'It just seems too easy to take the chance and drive home when you've been drinking and haven't worked out a plan ahead of time.”
• Plan ahead. Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins. Call a taxi or get a ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb.
• If you see dangerous driving, Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!
Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, and when you drive drunk, you run the risk of killing yourself or someone else. You will be looking at jail time, the loss of your driver license, higher insurance rates, plus dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car or motorcycle towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. The average DUI costs about $10,000. Wouldn't you rather pay for a ride home?
Funding for the Avoid DUI Task Force is a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Avoid Task Force will deploy checkpoints and DUI patrols next during the summer August/Labor Day DUI Mobilization.
Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250