Elk Grove Police Department Press Release

Dated: 12/23/2014

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Officer Christopher Trim, EGPD Public Information Officer916.627.3709 (Office)FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 11, 2014YOU BETTER WATCH OUT, I’M TELLING YOU WHY:COPS ARE CRACKING DOWN ON DRUNK DRIVINGDrive Sober or Get Pulled OverELK GROVE, CA – This time of year, with all the holiday office parties and festive occasionswith friends and families, many partygoers will be drinking. If you’re celebrating with alcoholthis holiday season, the Elk Grove Police Department has a message for you: Drive Sober or GetPulled Over. Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each year,law enforcement agencies across America will be out in force December 12 - January 1, 2015­actively searching for drunk or drug impaired drivers. 

The Elk Grove Police Department has plans for one DUI/Driver's License checkpoint and 6roving DUI Saturation patrols with the first DUI Saturation patrol scheduled for Friday,December 12, 2014. The DUI Checkpoint will be taking place on Friday, December 19, 2014 atan undisclosed location within the city limits between 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Additionally, police,sheriff and the CHP throughout the region are deploying multiple DUI operations in overtime toincrease DUI arrests. 

The facts are grim: in December 2012 there were 830 people killed in crashes involving at leastone driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher; 26of those deaths occurred on Christmas Day. On average, a third (31%) of all crash fatalities inAmerica involves drunk driving. But on Christmas day 2012, the percentage jumped to 36percent. Every year, more than 10,322 people are killed by drunk drivers in America, with 802 ofthose in California alone. In California, an additional 24,000 are seriously injured.Some startling data from NHTSA shows that during the holiday season in 2012, 40 percent of thedrunk drivers involved in fatal crashes had at least one prior DUI on their record. And manyoffenders are young drivers: during that same holiday period 37 percent of the 21- to 24-year olddrivers in fatal crashes were drunk. Surprisingly, almost 1 out of 6 drivers under the age of 21 inthose fatal crashes were also drunk, even though they’re too young to legally buy or consumealcohol. If you’re drinking and driving, law enforcement will be out to find and arrest you – no warnings,no excuses. The only way to truly avoid a DUI is to drive sober. There are many ways to gethome safely after drinking, and driving isn’t one of them. Designate a sober driver ahead of time,or call a friend or family member. You could also use public transportation, or call a taxi. The costof cab fare is nothing compared to a $10,000 DUI or the cost of someone’s life, and the‘inconvenience’ of not driving your own car home is nothing compared to the inconvenience ofspending the holidays behind bars.This holiday season don’t let the festivities turn into fatalities. Funding is provided by a grantfrom the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic SafetyAdministration who reminds everyone; Report Drunk Drivers! – Call 9-1-1. The Office ofTraffic Safety is offering a free mobile app – DDVIP – aimed at thanking the sober designateddriver with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants. 

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