From now through the Labor Day weekend, police, sheriff and California Highway Patrol officials will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving.
Yolo County’s “Avoid the 8″ DUI Task Force will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown, which included a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night as well as a multi-agency strike team, DUI warrant/probation sweep, court sting and roving DUI saturation patrols until Sept. 2.
Specific Yolo County enforcement plans include:
* Sunday (Aug 18): DUI saturation patrols, 8 p.m.- 3 a.m. in Winters.
* Aug. 24: DUI task force operations, 8 p.m.- 3 a.m. in West Sacramento.
* Aug. 29: DUI saturation patrols, 8 p.m.-3 a.m. in Davis.
* Aug. 30: DUI task force operations, 8 p.m.-3 a.m. in Davis, Woodland, Winters and West Sacramento.
* Aug. 31: DUI saturation patrols, 8 p.m.-3 a.m. in Davis, Woodland, Winters and West Sacramento.
* Sept. 2: DUI saturation patrols, 8 p.m.-3 a.m. in Davis, Woodland, Winters and West Sacramento
Although it is illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.
Nationwide, 9,878 people died in crashes involving drunk drivers in 2011 — about one drunk driving fatality every 53 minutes. Long holiday weekends are considered particularly dangerous, with DUI-related crashes accounting for 138 deaths during the 2011 Labor Day weekend.
“We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea,” Davis Police Chief Landy Black said. “Unfortunately, not only does drinking impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested.”
Black also warned that DUI arrests bring a wide range of negative consequences, including jail time, loss of driver licenses and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and potential job loss. Violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.
The “Avoid the 8″ DUI Task Force is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.