NEWS RELEASENEWS RELEASE

Laura Farinella
Chief of Police
505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


5/2/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 050217
 
Subject :Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Designated Sober Driver
Contact :Jim Cota    949-464-6671
    jcota@lagunabeachcity.net

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Designated Sober Driver

Impaired Driving Enforcement Operations Planned this Weekend

Cinco de Mayo has become a deadly holiday due to drunk and drugged driving. Forty people were killed in impaired driving crashes across the nation during the Cinco de Mayo holiday period in 2015.

Additional officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department will deploy this weekend specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment.

High Visibility Enforcement has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

From 2011-2015, 270 people were killed nationwide in impaired driving crashes during the Cinco de Mayo holiday period. In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.  Laguna Beach Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Drugs such as many prescription medications, marijuana or illicit drugs can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving. 

Plan your sober ride home before the party begins this Cinco de Mayo. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1’ if you see a dangerous driver.

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