The San Diego County Avoid DUI Task Force today announced its officers will be out in full force during the 4th of July holiday weekend, cracking down on impaired drivers with an aggressive DUI enforcement blitz.
“Driving while drunk isn’t worth the tremendous risk. No matter your age, if you’ve had too much holiday spirit, you’d better find a safe and sober ride home or your chances of arrest are high,” said Chief Lansdowne of the San Diego Police Department.
Police, Sheriff and the CHP will be putting additional officers on the streets and highways over the holiday weekend staffing 2 DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints on Friday July 2, 2010 and then local DUI roving saturation patrols throughout the weekend. CHP will also deploy all available officers during their maximum enforcement period patrolling freeways, state highways and county roads in their jurisdiction.
San Diego Police Department cited state statistics to underscore the importance of the crackdown. In 2009, during the July 4th holiday period July 3, to midnight July 6, 2009 there were a total of 373 alcohol involved deaths and injuries on California roadways.
“Too many people still fail to understand that alcohol and driving don’t mix. Impaired driving is no accident, nor is it a victimless crime. With 1,233 people killed during the past three July 4th holidays, it’s vitally important to stop this destruction of lives and futures,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety.