PD cracks down on DUIs

PD cracks down on DUIsBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

The Ridgecrest Police Department is increasing patrols through Labor Day weekend for the primary purpose of identifying suspected impaired drivers. Increased efforts to address impaired driving are part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national enforcement campaign.

“The Ridgecrest Police Department is reminding everyone who does need to drive to do so while sober,” said RPD Sgt. Tony Brown. While many have been staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic, “the dangers of drinking and driving are very real.”

“That includes drugs that affect your ability to drive. Please be responsible and think of your family and friends before considering driving when you are not in a position to do so safely.”

Despite fewer people driving, California Highway Patrol officers made 738 DUI arrests over a 54-hour period during the 4th of July weekend. More recently RPD’s Aug 28 DUI checkpoint netted four DUI arrests and eight citations after 229 stops.

Drivers charged with driving under the influence can expect more than $10,000 in fines, fees, classes and other expenses – aside from possible jail time.

“Driving while impaired is illegal, whether it is alcohol, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications or marijuana,” said Brown. “If you plan on drinking or taking medications with a ‘may cause drowsiness’ or other driver warning label – plan on staying home. And if you see someone driving impaired, call 911.”

Funding comes from grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Story First Published: 2020-09-04