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Posted on: December 30, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Know Your Limit Campaign

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Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Deputy Claro Sanchez

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Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Informs Public How to “Know Your Limit”

Palm Desert, Calif. – On December 30, 2022, the Riverside County Sheriff’s department
will have deputies out in the community educating the public on how to monitor their alcohol intake and “know your limit” at the Celebrate CV New Year’s Event on El Paseo.

The “Know Your Limit” program is intended to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving, and how little it takes to reach the legal limit to drive a vehicle. It is illegal for anyone 21 or older to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher.

The “Know Your Limit” campaign will be from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p. m. in the city of Palm Desert.

During this time, deputies will ask patrons how many drinks they have consumed and whether they believe it is safe to drive. Deputies will provide information on the impacts of alcohol on one’s ability to drive, and the consequences of a DUI.

A person’s height, weight, food intake, drug and/or medication use and how much they drink over a time period are all factors that affect their BAC. According to the California Driver Handbook, it takes two drinks consumed within one hour by a woman between 120-160 pounds and three drinks by a man between 180-220 pounds to be over the legal limit. One drink is based on 1.5 oz. of liquor (40% alcohol), 12 oz. of beer (4.5% alcohol) or a 5 oz. glass of wine (12% alcohol). The BAC lowers at a rate of .01% for every 40 minutes between drinks.The average cost of a first-time DUI offense is approximately $13,500, accounting for vehicle impound fees, fines, attorney fees, auto insurance hikes and other penalties. Plan ahead and avoid the risk of a DUI by designating a sober driver.

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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