SUBJECT OF PRESS RELEASE: Alhambra Police Department Holiday Enforcement
DATE OF CHECKPOINT: December 21,2018
DATE OF RELEASE: December 20, 2018
PERSON RELEASING THIS INFORMATION: Sergeant Steve Carr; firstname.lastname@example.org
PDF OF RELEASE: Download a copy of the press release
Alhambra, CA - The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are ways to spend time with family and friends ringing in another year, but also a time when people can make poor choices that put themselves and others at risk on the road.
To help spread the message about the dangers of drunk and impaired driving, the Alhambra Police Department is partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to get impaired drivers off the roads.
During the high-visibility enforcement campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, which runs from December 14, 2018 through January 1, 2019, the Alhambra Police Department will have more officers on the road conducting saturation patrols looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
In addition, the Alhambra Police Department will hold a DUI Checkpoint on Friday, December 21, 2018. The DUI Checkpoint will be from 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM at the intersection of Garfield Avenue and Beacon Street.
“Whether you are home with family or at the restaurant or bar, it is important that you find a sober ride home after drinking,” said Sergeant Soriano from the Alhambra Police Department. “As an adult, it is up to you to make adult decisions and drive sober or use a ride share service. There are no excuses for driving impaired.”
The Alhambra Police Department also reminds drivers that DUI doesn’t just mean alcohol. Marijuana, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.
According to data from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), during the 2017 Christmas (Dec. 22-25th) and New Year’s (Dec. 30-Jan. 2, 2018) holiday periods, 25 people were killed and 643 injured on California roads.
“Drunk driving continues to be a huge problem in this country, and more recently, marijuana and drug-impaired driving,” said Sergeant Soriano, from the Alhambra Police Department. “People are out and about shopping for the holidays and going to or hosting parties, so it is important that everyone acts responsibly behind the wheel.”
Funding for impaired driving enforcement operations are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.