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Posted on: November 24, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Pre-Holiday Season Driving Under the Influence Enforcement

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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, 2021Time:2:30 PM
Incident Date:N/ATime:N/A
Incident Location:Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage
Reporting Officer:Deputy Varon Potter
File Number(s):N/A


Details:

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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