CHP Cracking Down On Drunk Drivers This Holiday Season

This holiday season, Police, Sheriff and CHP will be out in force cracking down on drunk drivers throughout the region with aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement.  From Dec. 13, 2013, to Jan. 1, 2014, state and local law enforcement will be watching for drunk drivers to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers.

The Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers this holiday season with plans in place for 2 DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints, a Multi-Agency Strike Team, 9 local roving DUI Saturation Patrols, a DUI Warrant/Probation Sweep and a DUI Court Sting targeting suspended drivers who were ordered by the judge not to drive.  
“It’s everyone’s responsibility to do what they can to keep our roads safe during this holiday season.  In keeping with this thought, police agencies throughout San Luis Obispo County will be enhancing enforcement efforts to protect the public from drivers who choose to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol. There are simply no excuses for risking the lives of others by getting behind the wheel when your ability to control a vehicle is diminished. Identify a designated driver ahead of time if you plan on drinking and ensure this season will be filled with only positive memories.”  Stephen Gesell, San Luis Obispo Chief of Police.  Unfortunately, the excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can lead to terrible decisions– and serious legal consequences. Data shows that the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads, and every law enforcement agency in the county is prepared to stop and arrest any drunk driver they see to keep roads safe. Nationally in the four years from 2007 to 2011 there were 4,169 people killed during the month of December in crashes that involved drivers with Blood Alcohol Concentrations (BAC) of .08% or higher.  In California during those same five Decembers, 505 were killed and thousands seriously injured.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes across the nation in 2011, and 31 percent (9,878) of those fatalities occurred in drunk-driving-related crashes.  Californians witnessed at total of 2,835 deaths with 774 killed in DUI crashes on their streets and highways. Drunk drivers often face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, to lost wages due to time off from work. Even worse, a drunk driver can cause a traffic crash that claims someone’s life, or their own.