The holiday season is here. Plans are in place for parties, shopping and traveling to be with friends and family. However, each year motorists will be in harm’s way thanks to the careless ones who will drink and drive.
Beginning 12-18-09 at 6 p.m., the Chula Vista Police Department will join law enforcement across the state as part of California’s 18 Day Holiday DUI Crackdown Campaign with law enforcement agencies deploying 300 DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints statewide. Funding for the special enforcement campaign, December 16, 2009 through January 3, 2010 comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
On 12-18-09 and 12-20-09 the Chula Vista Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint between the hours of 6:00 pm and 2:00 am within the City of Chula Vista.
In 2008, 11,773 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In California 1,029 were killed on state and local roads driving with a .08 BAC or higher with another 28,457 injured in Alcohol Involved Collisions.
"We know there are going to be holiday gatherings and celebrations with alcohol present. You should know that our officers will be out protecting the public from drunk drivers. All we ask is that if you plan to drink, plan ahead and arrange for safe transportation. Why risk ruining your holidays with a DUI or an accident where you harm yourself or others?"
“Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work, and dozens of other expenses. So don’t take the chance. Remember, if you are over the limit, you are under arrest.”
Law enforcement encourages everyone planning a family gathering over the holidays to first think about how your friends and family will get home after drinking during holiday celebrations. Everyone is encouraged to “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911” and be ready to describe the vehicle, its location and direction of travel to make your community safer into the New Year. With everyone’s help, families won’t remember the holidays of 2009 as a time of loss at the hands of another drunk driver.
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