Tomorrow through Sunday, July 8th from 6pm to 3am, there will be DUI Saturation Patrols throughout the city, and concentrated in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.
In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-related impaired driving crashes. During the four-day Fourth of July holiday period in 2017, 17 people were killed and 430 people were injured in alcohol-involved crashes throughout the state of California.
The Newport Beach Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a warning about driving or operating machinery on the label, you might be impaired enough to be arrested for DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing (especially when used in combination with alcohol or other drugs) and can result in a DUI arrest.
The cost of a ride home is cheap. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
Funding for this DUI operation is provided to Newport Beach Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Whether by bike, car, motorcycle, or walking, be a part of the solution and ‘Go Safely California’.
To learn more about DDVIP and other OTS awareness, education, and enforcement campaigns, visit www.ots.ca.gov