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This Cinco de Mayo, Who’s Your Sober Driver? The Avoid the 17 is Cracking Down on Drunk Driving

Posted on: May 5, 2014

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Cinco de Mayo is a celebration commemorating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.

Today, many Californians spend the day with friends and family celebrating Mexican culture and heritage by attending parties, barbecues and festivals. With alcohol such a big part of many people’s Cinco de Mayo festivities, it’s no surprise that drunk driving is especially high on May 5th.

To help stem the roadway tragedies, the Sacramento County Avoid the 17 DUI Task Force (more…)

Posted on: December 13, 2013

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This holiday season, Police, Sheriff and CHP will be out in force cracking down on drunk drivers throughout the region with aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement. From Dec. 13, 2013, to Jan. 1, 2014, state and local law enforcement will be watching for drunk drivers to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers.

The Avoid the 17 DUI Task Force will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers this holiday season with plans in place for 17 DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints, a Multi-Agency Strike Team, 17 local roving DUI Saturation Patrols, a DUI Warrant/Probation Sweep and a DUI Court Sting targeting suspended drivers who were ordered by the judge not to drive. (**See below for the Schedule of Operations for the 20 Day Mobilization for dates and city locations)

The Avoid the 17 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 intoxicated, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk driving,” said Chief Cynthia Renaud, Folsom Police Department.

Unfortunately, the excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can lead to terrible decisions– and serious legal consequences.
Data shows that the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads, and every law enforcement agency in the county is prepared to stop and arrest any drunk driver they see to keep roads safe.

Nationally in the four years from 2007 to 2011 there were 4,169 people killed during the month of December in crashes that involved drivers with Blood Alcohol Concentrations (BAC) of .08% or higher. In California during those same five Decembers, 505 were killed and thousands seriously injured.

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