As we near the end of the year, the LASD will be cracking down on drivers exhibiting signs of impaired driving, whether it be alcohol or drugs. Dubbed the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign, police will begin to look more closely at drivers for possible signs of impairment, and getting those they find off the roads. Law enforcement agencies across the county will be taking part in the campaign, including the LASD, LAPD and CHP. They’ll be deploying several DUI checkpoints and conducting saturation patrols throughout the 17-day term of the campaign. Deputies working out of the Santa Clarita Sheriff Station will also be taking part.
Even the relatively minor consumption of alcohol and/or drugs can significantly impair one’s ability to drive safely, and law enforcement is taking zero chances. What many people don’t realize is that prescription medication, like painkillers and sedatives, can significantly impair someone’s ability to drive – especially when mixed with even minimal amounts of alcohol. Because of this, drivers found to be impaired, even if it was prescription medication that did it, will receive the same arrest as someone arrested under DUI.
If you plan to consume alcohol while out and about this holiday season, make sure you have a safe ride home. Ride sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are popular, and bars are always happy to help those who consumed alcohol obtain a taxi.
If you’re able to obtain a designated driver, make sure you or they download the DDVIP app. The app is free for iphones and Android platforms, and helps you find bars and restaurants that offer freebees for designated drivers. The offerings include free non-alcoholic beverages all night, free appetizers, and more. One of the cool things about DDVIP is that, if your designated driver slips up and has a drink, there’s a tab available to call up Uber, Lyft or Curb to get you and your party home safely.