Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween Partiers Beware: The AVOID THE 100 DUI Task Force is Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers


Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Arcadia, CA - This Halloween, and Halloween weekend, police, sheriff and CHP Officers will crack down on drunk and drugged drivers throughout the region with an aggressiveDrive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. The Avoid the 100 DUI Task Force has given fair warning to all party goers: Keep the party off the road.

The Avoid the 100 – Los Angeles County DUI Task Force will be deploying additional patrols this Thursday, October 31, 2013 , and Saturday, November 2, 2013, throughout the San Gabriel Valley, in addition to routine patrols already scheduled to stop and arrest alcohol or drug impaired drivers.

Halloween is one of the deadliest holidays of the year on our roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2007-2011, 52 percent of all national fatalities occurring on Halloween night involved a drunk driver. Males ages 21-34 comprised almost half of all drunk drivers who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide during the 2011 Halloween period. It is the deadliest night for child pedestrians of any night of the whole year.

If you celebrate with alcohol, you don’t belong behind the wheel!

To keep safe this Halloween, the Avoid the 100 – Los Angeles County DUI Task Force recommends these tips:

 Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
 Always designate a sober driver.
 If you are impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
 Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
 Use one of your community’s sober ride programs, like Jan’s Towing Don’t Drive Drunk Detour Program. Call (626) 334-1383 for more information.
 If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
 If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going. If you think you have to ask if they are okay to drive, you already know they’re not.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Robert Guthrie
Chief of Police

By: Brett Bourgeous

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