Law Enforcement Reminds Drivers to End the Summer on a Safe Note
If you drink and drive in the City of Pasadena, beware, the Pasadena Police Department is joining with law enforcement throughout the state for the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign August 17 thru September 3, 2012. A DUI Checkpoint is scheduled for August 17, 2012 within the city beginning at 8:00 p.m. in partnership during the Summer/Labor Day Campaign.
The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2010, 791 people died in California in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit. The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.
Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this statewide effort, we will make Pasadena's roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period.
"We want to remind everyone that it is illegal to drive impaired, if people plan on drinking, then have a designated driver and never get behind the wheel," said Chief of Police, Phillip Sanchez.
Violators may face jail time, loss of their driver license, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates may also go up. Other financial fees include hiring an attorney, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects.
This operation is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reminds everyone to Report Drunk Driving – Call 9-1-1!