Crackdown On Impaired Driving Will Begin Friday

With the holiday season here, local law enforcement is stepping up DUI enforcement. The Redding Police Department is partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to get impaired drivers off roads. During the high-visibility enforcement campaign “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over”, which runs from December14th until January 1st, the RPD 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, there will be a DUI checkpoint December 19th from 6PM to 11PM within the city looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, as well as checking drivers for proper licensing. The department also reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Marijuana, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs. During the 2017 Christmas and New Year’s Holiday periods, 25 people were killed and 643 injured on California roads.

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