NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lt. Mark Stichter, 714.904.7042, MKStichter@ocsd.org; Carrie Braun, 714.552.5795, CBraun@ocsd.org
DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this Weekend
SANTA ANA, CA (February 5, 2016) – Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m. and continue until Saturday, February 6th at 3:00 a.m. in the cities of Laguna Woods, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills and Aliso Viejo.
“This is a ‘Zero Tolerance’ crackdown so Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!” said Deputy Manuel Cruz from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Bureau.
After falling dramatically for five straight years, figures for 2012 show an increase to 802 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions in areas contracted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department have claimed 21 lives and resulted in 497 injuries of our friends and neighbors.
DUI can impact the economy in addition to the pain and suffering of those immediately affected. Conservatively, a fatality has a $1.4 million impact, an injury $70,000 and a crash that only damages property, averages nearly $9,000.
Funding for this program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911!
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Game Plan for Super Bowl Sunday: Are You Drinking or Driving?
Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk
SANTA ANA, Calif. (February 5, 2016) – The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, 2016 there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why the California Office of Traffic Safety and police, Sheriffs, the CHP are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.
The Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment effects. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will deploy Roving DUI Saturation Patrols during Super Bowl weekend. The DUI operations will be at undisclosed locations within cities patrolled by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department where collision data reveals high incidents of DUI crashes and arrests.
According to data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013 there were 867 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in California –29 percent of all crash fatalities in the state. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, the legal limit. This February 7, 2016 don’t become another tragic Super Bowl stat.
For those who plan to drink, designate a sober driver, whether it’s a friend, relative, taxi, or public transportation. For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday. You might just save a life.
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. OTS is offering a free mobile app – DDVIP – aimed at thanking the sober designated driver with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants. Available for iPhone and Android. Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink. Stay connected with OTS via: http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS, http://twitter.com/#!/OTS_CA, www.ots.ca.gov. This Super Bowl Sunday, be a team player: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.com. For additional information see the attached NHTSA’s “Super Bowl Tips Fact Sheet.”