SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is reminding drivers this holiday season that if alcohol is going to be a part of your holiday cheer, designate a sober driver and remember to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” With the increase of alcohol-impaired fatalities around the holidays each year and the rise in drug-related DUI, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and law enforcement agencies across the state will be looking for all signs of impaired driving from December 16 to January 1.
“Driving under the influence is not only costly, but can ruin the holidays for you, for your family or for someone else’s family”
“Driving under the influence is not only costly, but can ruin the holidays for you, for your family or for someone else’s family,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “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.”
This year, OTS is also reminding the public that drugs such as prescription medication and marijuana can impair judgment and get you the same DUI as alcohol. In 2014, 9,967 people were killed nationally in crashes involving an impaired driver. In California alone, 1,155 people were killed in alcohol and drug-related crashes. As part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign, police will be increasing the number of patrols, setting up checkpoints, and asking media to reach out to all drivers. If you’re caught driving impaired by alcohol or drugs, you could face jail time, fines, loss of driver’s license, towing fees, and other DUI expenses, totaling $10,000 on average.
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 feature-packed app has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call a car service to pick them up.
For more information on the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign and the DDVIP app, visit www.ots.ca.gov. To learn more about, please visit the OTS Facebook at www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS or follow OTS on Twitter @OTS_CA.