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Posted on: November 21, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Holiday Season Traffic Safety – Plan Ahead

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Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Deputy Claro Sanchez, Deputy Joshua Robertson, Deputy Joshua Fransik

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Plan Ahead This Holiday Season: Be Safe and Drive Sober

Indian Wells, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage, Calif. – Millions of people will be traveling to visit friends and family over the holidays. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Palm Desert Station encourages everyone to celebrate safely and have a holiday game plan that includes a designated sober driver.

During the pre-Christmas and New Year’s holiday season Nov. 28-Dec. 13, The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will have additional deputies on patrol looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“We want everyone to enjoy the holidays and be safe,” said Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Claro Sanchez said. “If you plan to go out and celebrate, make sure you plan ahead and find a safe, sober ride home because driving impaired should never be an option.”

Drunk driving is a problem on our nation’s roads every day, but it’s more prevalent during the holidays. During the 2016-2020 December months, there were more than 4,400 people killed in drunk-driving-related crashes.

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.

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

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