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Press Release: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Perris
Written Date: 08/19/19 Time: 11:00 AM
Incident Date: 08/16/19-09/02/19 Time: All Day
Incident Location: Throughout Riverside County
Reporting Officer: Sergeant  Marshall
File Number(s): N/A

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Encourages Public to be Responsible and Drive Sober

As summer comes to a close, The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is joining law enforcement agencies across the country in the national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. During this period, which runs from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2 (Labor Day), The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, serving the cities of Perris, Menifee, and Canyon Lake, will have additional officers on the road looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

In addition to patrols, the Riverside Sheriff’s Department will hold a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Aug. 30th from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city of Menifee.

Labor Day Weekend remains one of the deadliest times of year for alcohol-involved crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 376 deadly crashes nationwide during the 2017 Labor Day holiday period (Sept. 1 to Sept. 5). Among those crashes, more than one-third (36%) involved a drunk driver. Last year, two people were killed, and 31 others injured in California on Labor Day alone.

“There are so many ways to get home safely without driving,” Deputy Marker said. “Driving while drunk or high is dangerous, irresponsible and causes too many senseless tragedies. We hope that drivers get the message that driving impaired will never be tolerated.”

Driving while impaired is illegal, whether it is alcohol, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications or marijuana.

If you plan on drinking or are taking medications that can affect your driving ability, designate a sober driver or use a ride-share service. If you see someone driving impaired, call 911.

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

 

 

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

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