DUI saturation patrols slated

DUI saturation patrols slatedThe Ridgecrest Police Department announced DUI enforcement operations Saturday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 17, in association with St. Patrick’s Day.

“St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, which makes it all the more important to let someone who has not been drinking take you home,” said the release. “In 2018 alone, 73 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period.”

“If you need to ask yourself whether you are OK to drive, the answer is probably no,” said RPD’s Sgt. Tony Brown. “We want people to have fun, but also to be responsible. Part of that responsibility is arranging a safe way to get home.”

The department encourages drivers to follow these tips to avoid a DUI:

• Designate a sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, a cab or public transportation

• See someone who is clearly impaired and trying to drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.

• Report drunk drivers – call 911

• Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who is drinking and how they are getting home.

The department also reminded drivers that marijuana and prescription drugs can also cause impairment.

“Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with a DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500,” said the release. “This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses, not to mention possible jail time.”

Story First Published: 2020-03-13