Thanksgiving Weekend DUI Crackdown

The Thanksgiving holiday period is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and to help save lives on our roadways the Avoid 16 - Sacramento County DUI Taskforce will be teaming with other state and local law enforcement officers from across the country to strongly enforce DUI and seat belt laws.

During the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday (which ran from 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 24, to 5:59 a.m., Monday, November 29) 337 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide - 174 people died in a DUI crash. In California, 30 individuals lost their lives on our streets and highways with 2 losing their lives due to a drunk driver. Nationwide, nearly 40% of all fatal collisions are caused by an impaired driver!

"Too many people are not getting the message, so we’ll be out in force during this long travel weekend, with a simple goal— to strictly enforce the law in order to save more lives," said Folsom Police Chief Cynthia Renaud. "If you are caught driving impaired, unsafely or found not wearing your seatbelt you will be stopped, and you will be arrested or cited."

The Avoid the 16 - Sacramento County DUI Task Force will be deploying additional officers on DUI Saturation Patrols supplementing routine patrols in several communities in the county. The special DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy Saturday, November 24, 2012 in the cities of Folsom, Citrus Heights and Sacramento PD. CHP will deploy all available officers beginning Wednesday evening through midnight Sunday under their Maximum Enforcement Period – MEP.

To keep safe this Thanksgiving safe, the Avoid the 16 Coalition recommends these simple tips:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • If you are taking medication or using drugs; beware! They can impair your driving, and especially never mix with alcohol.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver, and leave your car keys at home.
  • If you’re impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, Call 911!

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration