Newport Beach Police Department
Cinco de Mayo: Fiesta Time or Jail Time? Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
For many people in the United States, Cinco de Mayo – like St. Patrick’s Day – is just an occasion for having a good time with alcohol. Do you plan to join the fiesta on May 5th? If so, be aware that the Newport Beach Police Department has planned a DUI Saturation Patrol and will be deploying officers specifically for the purpose of identifying and stopping impaired drivers. Additionally, every traffic and patrol officer on duty will be on heightened alert to prevent a senseless tragedy due to alcohol or drugs.
The unfortunate truth is this: while many people are making party plans for Cinco de Mayo, they aren’t all planning out a way to get home safely. Too many people are lying to themselves about the dangers of drinking and driving. Some fiesta-goers think that they can play it by ear, and wait until after they drink to decide whether or not they’re “okay to drive”. By then, it’s too late. Continue reading