Holiday Crackdown to Stop Impaired Driving

 

The Sacramento County DUI Avoid the 16 Task Force is announcing that officers and deputies will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving under the influence. Enforcement efforts will include: 11 DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints, 10 local DUI saturation patrols, 2 Multi-Agency DUI Taskforce strike team patrols, and a DUI Warrant/Probations sweep. The CHP will deploy all available officers during two Maximum Enforcement Periods – Christmas and New Years Weekends. The special enforcement crackdown will run from December 14, 2012, through January 1, 2013. (See Enforcement Schedule of Operations below.)

"Lots of people will be out during this busy holiday season, enjoying themselves and the holiday festivities, and we want everyone to be safe on our roadways." said Folsom Police Chief Cynthia Renaud. "That’s why we will be stepping up enforcement to catch and arrest impaired drivers."

During 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving an impaired driver and in Californian 791 people died on our state’s streets and highways. There were 123 individuals killed in Sacramento County that year.

The holiday season is a particularly dangerous time. During December 2010, 30 percent of all fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crash involved alcohol-impaired drivers. Data also shows that among those alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 71 percent occurred when drivers had nearly twice the legal limit blood alcohol concentration of .15 % BAC or higher.

"No one ever thinks that their holiday celebration will end in jail, or worse, in a hospital or the morgue," said Chief Renaud. "But for those who include alcohol in their celebrations and then get behind the wheel, this is too often the case."

Heads Up – violators face jail time, loss of driver license, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job.

The Avoid the 16 Coalition said there are three simple steps people can take to stay safe and out of trouble:

1. Plan ahead. If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Designate a sober driver or find another safe way home. Even one too many drinks increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle.

2. If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

3. Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, Report Them - Call 911! Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.

"We want everyone to enjoy their holidays, but we also want our roadways to be safe," said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. "Police, Sheriffs and the CHP will be out in force to help save lives, and they are not going to tolerate impaired driving. So remember, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.’ They will be watching."

The national Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is led by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and NHTSA, with the California Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign combining high-visibility enforcement and heightened public awareness through publicity. The program is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Winter Holiday Mobilization Schedule of Operations

Sacramento County December Enforcement Schedule

Fri, Dec 14th, DUI/DL CHECKPOINT 1900-0300, City of Folsom (DUI Grant Checkpoint)

Fri, Dec 14th, DUI/DL CHECKPOINT 1900-0300, City of Sacramento

Fri, Dec 14th, DUI/DL CHECKPOINT 1900-0300, City of Rancho Cordova

Fri, Dec 14th, DUI Saturation Patrols, 1900-0300, City of Elk Grove

Sat, Dec 15th, DUI TASK FORCE OPERATIONS 1900-0300, City of Rancho Cordova

Fri, Dec 21st, DUI Saturation Patrols 1900-0300, City of Sacramento

Fri, Dec 21st, DUI Saturation Patrols 1900-0300, City of Folsom

Fri, Dec 21st, DUI Saturation Patrols 1900-0300, City of Elk Grove

Fri, Dec 21st, DUI Saturation Patrols 1900-0300, County of Sacramento

Fri, Dec 21st, DUI Saturation Patrols 1900-0300, City of Galt

Fri, Dec 21st, DUI/DL CHECKPOINT 1900-0300, City of Folsom

Sat, Dec 22nd DUI/DL CHECKPOINT 1900-0300, City of Sacramento

Fri, Dec 28th, DUI Saturation Patrols 1900-0300, City of Elk Grove

Fri, Dec 28th, DUI/DL CHECKPOINT 1900-0300, City of Elk Grove (DUI Grant Checkpoint)

Fri, Dec 28th, DUI/DL CHECKPOINT 1900-0300, City of Citrus Heights

Sat, Dec 29th, DUI/DL CHECKPOINT 1900-0300, City of Sacramento

Sat, Dec 29th, DUI/DL CHECKPOINT 1900-0300, City of Lodi

Sat, Dec 29th, DUI/DL CHECKPOINT 1900-0300, CHP East Sacramento