Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying Cinco de Mayo Thursday May 5 2016 to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.
The Laguna Beach Police Department is continuing its ongoing efforts to stop and arrest impaired drivers, deploying extra officers on DUI saturation patrols this Thursday evening to lower deaths and injuries.
If you are planning to party this Cinco de Mayo, keep this number in mind: 343 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes over the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend in 2014.
Of those 343 people who lost their lives, 34 percent (116) died in drunk-driving crashes.
And the drivers in those crashes weren’t just a little drunk.
Sadly, almost one out of five (17%) of all the drivers in fatal crashes that weekend had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .15 % or higher—almost two times the legal limit in every state.
Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, and when you drive drunk, you run the risk of killing yourself or someone else.
You will be looking at jail time, the loss of your driver license, higher insurance rates, plus other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car or motorcycle towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. T
he average DUI costs about $10,000.
Wouldn’t you rather pay for a ride home?
Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.
A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).
Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.
Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.
This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911!’