SSFPD Media Release: 4th of July DUI Enforcement

illSouth San Francisco, CA    June 28, 2016    Submitted by SSFPD  anti-dui-driving-under-influence-crackdown-part-both-state-national-enforcement-operations

This Fourth of July, There’s No Excuse­ “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” by South San Francisco Police Department

 

Every year Ame1icans head out on our nation’s highways to celebrate the Fourth of July at picnics, parties, parades and more. Unfortunately for many, the celebration frequently includes drinking alcohol, which too often leads to drunk driving on one of the most heavily traveled holidays of the year.

From 2010-2014, 39 percent of all traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol­ impaired d1iving crashes. There were 397 people killed nationally in motor  vehicle  crashes  in 2014 over the Fourth of July holiday. Of those fatalities, 41 percent were killed in crashes involving a d1iver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In California during the holiday, an average of 6 people are killed  and  1 10 are seriousl y injured  each year.

This Fourth of July, The South  San Francisco  Police Department  will  be out in full force, cracking down  on drunk drivers by aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger. In addition  to routine  staffing,  extra officers will  staff a DUI  Checkpoint  <or>DUI  Saturation Patrols  over the three day  weekend.

“Please don ‘t put yourselves and others in jeopardy by drinking and driving. We will be actively looking for impaired drivers,” said Police Chief Jeff Azzopardi “The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving -no excuses.”

The consequences of drunk driving are that  serious. Not  only are impaired  drivers putting their lives and  the lives of others at risk, but a DUI arrest means a loss of freedom and money . That can include going to  jail,  losing a driver license,  and paying  steep  financial  costs of $l 0,000 or  more.

The  South San Francisco  Police  Department  recommends  these safe alternatives  to drinking and  driving.

  • Plan a safe way home before the fun
  • Before drinking, designate a sober

 

  • DDVIP: The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP mobile app is available for free download on iOS and Android    The DDVIP  app  allows  users  to  “Map  a  Spot” with  their  current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to  search  all participating bars and  restaurants  throughout  California.  Users  can  stay up-to-date  with  the  latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via  its social  tab.  Also  through  the  app, for  those  who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan  ahead, users  can  easily order a sober ride  from Uber,  Lyft  or Curb – all  from  one screen.
  • DRUGS, MEDICATION & ALCOHOL= CRASHES: Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active dri vers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair d ri ving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana  was most prevalent,  at 4 percent,  slightly more than  alcohol.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don ‘t hesitate -“Report Drunk Drivers! Call 91 1 !”
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride whi1e impaired, take your friend ‘s keys and help your friend make other arrangements to get to where he or she is going

 

Funding for the extra DU I enforcement operations is a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through  the National  Highway Traffic Safety  Administration.

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AAA’s Tipsy Tow Program offers a free tow for drinking drivers in Northern California from 6 pm on most major holidays  until 6 am the next morning, in Northern California, Nevada and Utah. And you don’t even have to be a AAA member.

For Tipsy Tow, call (800) 222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and tell the operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow” for a free tow of up to 10 miles. Service is restricted to a one-way ride for the driver and his or her vehicle to the driver’s home.

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