Moreno Valley, California – Christmas Holiday DUI Enforcement Scheduled December 16, 2011, to January 2, 2012

Winter Holiday Anti-DUI Campaign

There Are No Holiday Festivities in Jail

RUOK? is the Wrong Message to Send this Holiday Season

Moreno Valley, CA— As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, be reminded that the Moreno Valley Police Department, together with police, sheriff, CHP and the Avoid the 30 DUI Taskforce, will be working during the holiday season from December 16, 2011, to January 2, 2012, to arrest anyone caught driving drunk behind the wheel. The Moreno Valley Police Department will conduct various checkpoints during this time frame because of our commitment to the traffic safety campaign.

“RUOK?” is the text message version of the often heard question, “Are you okay to drive?” If you have to ask someone the question, you already know the answer. You know they have had too much to drink or are showing signs of being “buzzed.” You know that they are not okay to drive. Asking the question doesn’t relieve you of the responsibility. Call them a cab, take them home yourself, offer your couch.

DUI/ Driver’s License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force deployments and roving DUI patrols are scheduled locally in partnership with law enforcement statewide and around the county during the Winter Holiday Anti-DUI Campaign. DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Grant funded Drug Recognition Experts will be staffing most of the checkpoints.

DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly-scheduled high-visibility DUI enforcement, are proven strategies with the goal of removing impaired drivers from the road and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sobriety checkpoint programs can yield considerable cost savings: $6 for every $1 spent. The Moreno Valley Police Department has additional DUI Checkpoints and operations scheduled throughout the course of next year.

“There will be no spreading holiday cheer behind the bars of a jail cell,” Sergeant Bengtson said. “Don’t let your 2011 holiday season end in an arrest or worse, death. Remember, whether you’ve had way too many or just one too many, it’s not worth the risk.”

In December 2009, there were 753 people killed nationwide in crashes that involved drivers or motorcycle riders with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 Blood Alcohol Content. In California, 57 individuals died on the states streets and highways.

“The message is simple, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle or ride a motorcycle,” said Sergeant Bengtson.

Sergeant Bengtson recommends these simple tips for a safe holiday season:

Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin

Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home

If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation

Use your community’s sober ride program

If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement, Call 911

And remember, “RUOK?” is a ridiculous question. If you think they’ve had too much, they probably have. Help him or her make other arrangements to get home safely.

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is led by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and NHTSA, with the California Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign combining high-visibility enforcement and heightened public awareness through publicity.

For statewide and local Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign Enforcement Schedules for the county and Daily DUI Arrest/Fatal Stats for the county and region, visit www.californiaavoid.org.

The Program is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety who reminds everyone to please – Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!

via :: Sheriff-Coroner :: Riverside County, California.

Press Release: Winter Holiday Anti-DUI Campaign

Agency: Moreno Valley Police

Station Area: Moreno Valley

Written Date: December 6, 2011 Time: 2:00 PM

Incident Date: 12/16/11 – 1/2/12 Time:

Incident Location: City of Moreno Valley

Reporting Officer: Sergeant Jim Bengtson

File Number(s): Various

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