The nationwide campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is underway and going strong in cities across the nation this holiday season.
In Southern California the Orange County “Avoid the 38” DUI Task Force will be watching for drunk drivers to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers. According to an Orange County Sheriff’s Press Release, enforcement efforts will include 12 DUI/Driver’s license checkpoints, a multi-agency strike team, 14 local DUI saturation patrols, 2 DUI warrant/probation sweeps and a DUI court sting operation targeting suspended drivers who were ordered not to drive by a judge.
The DUI Task Force encourages the public to follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:
- Plan ahead and designate a sober driver before the party begins. If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.
- If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation. The Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA) will be offering free bus rides on all fixed-route buses on New Year’s Eve to promote safe travel. Free bus rides will be available from 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2013 until 2:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
- Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
The ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI Task Force is giving fair warning to all partygoers. “You’ll see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period and if we suspect anyone is driving while impaired, officers will show zero tolerance and offenders will be arrested.” said Sergeant Yvonne Shull of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Bureau.
The NHTSA website states that each year more than 10,000 people die on the road due to drunk driving. “That would equal 20 jumbo jets crashing each year.” In order to stop this deadly epidemic law enforcement in every state and most US towns and cities will be cracking down on drunk driving from December 13 through New Year’s Day. “And they’ll see you before you see them,” the site says.
The site includes facts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
- In 2010 men were responsible for four out of five episodes (81%) of drunk driving in 2010
- In December alone an average of 27 people a day die in drunk driving crashes
- In 2012, three out of four of those arrested for driving under the influence were male
- America has more drunk drivers than most countries have people
- Nearly 2 out of 3 fatal crashes that occurred between midnight and 3 a.m. were involving drunk drivers
“Behind the Scenes,” is a video that describes how “invisible” cops make the point that they’ll see you before you see them. Time-lapse is a painstaking process to paint a cop into a scene. This time-lapse video compresses ten hours of painting and make-up into just over a minute. Almost like watching someone disappear before your eyes.
The best advice for people who want to drink is either stay where you are or find a safe way home. It's not worth the cost - monetary and otherwise - to take the risk of drinking and driving. You owe it to yourself, your loved ones and your community to drink responsibly and not drive.
Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.