RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Pre-Holiday Season Driving Under the Influence Enforcement|
|Station Area:||Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage|
|Written Date:||November 23, 2021||Time:||2:30 PM|
|Incident Location:||Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage|
|Reporting Officer:||Deputy Varon Potter|
Be Safe and Drive Sober This Holiday Season
Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage, Calif. – Millions of us will be traveling to visit friends and family over the holidays. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages everyone to have a holiday game plan that includes a designated sober driver.
During the pre-Christmas and New Year’s holiday season Nov. 30-Dec. 14, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Tragically, there is an uptick in impaired drivers during the holidays. During the 2019 Christmas (Dec. 24-Dec. 26) and New Year’s Day (Dec. 28, 2018-Jan. 2, 2019) holiday periods, there were more drunk-driving related deaths (210) throughout the country than during any other holiday period in 2019.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reminds drivers that a “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.
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