Crime, Fire + Courts

‘Avoid the 8′ task force plans weekend DUI enforcement

By From page A2 | July 06, 2012

Yolo County’s “Avoid the 8″ drunken-driving task force continues its Fourth of July holiday enforcement this weekend with saturation patrols and a sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint.

“With Independence Day falling on a Wednesday, many in our community will be taking the rest of the week off, so DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols will be out in force throughout the weekend,” said Woodland police Sgt. Tom Davis, task force coordinator.

The checkpoint is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday at a Woodland site to be announced. Uniformed officers from the Woodland and Winters police departments and the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand, checking for impaired and unlicensed drivers.

In addition, the task force will assign saturation patrols within all of Yolo County’s cities and rural areas through Sunday, Davis said.

Impaired-driving crashes killed more than 10,000 people in 2010, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the United States — an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 51 minutes, according to Davis.

“The Avoid the 8 DUI Task Force reminds everyone that there are numerous consequences as a result of being caught driving impaired, such as the risk of killing or harming others, jail time, insurance hikes, potential loss of driver’s license, just to name a few,” Davis said.

Authorities recommend these simple tips for a safe holiday:

* Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.

* Before drinking, designate a sober driver.

* If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

* Call 911 if you happen to see a drunken driver on the road.

* If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

The Avoid campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information on regional/statewide Avoid DUI task force campaigns, enforcement schedules and daily DUI arrest/fatality statistics, visit www.californiaavoid.org or www.StopImpairedDriving.org.

The Avoid campaign will deploy sobriety checkpoints and DUI patrols again beginning Aug. 17 and continuing through Labor Day weekend, Davis said.

Enterprise staff

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