Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Mariano Matos III
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Coachella, Calif. – With a commitment to keeping the community safe, The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind the public of the dangers of driving impaired and celebrate the holiday season responsibly by not driving under the influence.
“We want everyone to enjoy the holidays and be safe,” said Deputy Ryan Nevins. “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.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 11,654 people were killed in car crashes nationwide in 2020 that involved an alcohol-impaired driver, or one person every 45 minutes.
Impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Marijuana, prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may also impair. Do your research and understand how certain drugs may affect your driving ability.
“The holidays are a special time of year for many, and we want drivers to act responsibly,” Deputy Ryan Nevins said. “This enforcement period allows us to get the message out that driving impaired is an illegal, senseless behavior that takes lives.”
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