LANCASTER – This holiday season, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be cracking down on drunk and drugged drivers as part of a year-end “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement operation.
“Beginning Friday, Dec.16, and continuing into the New Year, you will see stepped up enforcement, watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” Captain Scott Johnson stated in a news release. “We want to keep our roads safe for holiday travelers, so we will have zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving.”
During the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement period, sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers will be deploying DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols.
Drugs such as prescription medication, marijuana or illicit drugs can impair judgment and get you the same DUI arrest as alcohol, officials said in the news release.
Motorists caught driving impaired will be arrested and could face jail time, fines, loss of driver’s license, towing fees, and other DUI expenses totaling up to $10,000, officials said.
“Driving under the influence is not only costly, but can ruin the holidays for you, your family or for someone else’s family,” stated Rhonda Craft, director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “Make the decision to drive sober or use our DDVIP app to help you find a safe ride home for yourself or your friends if you know they’ve been drinking.”
Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver — from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The app also features a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.
Funding for Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For more information on this holiday enforcement campaign, visit www.ots.ca.gov.