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Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

This year, as we celebrate our country’s birthday, thousands of families will take to their cars, driving to neighborhood cookouts, family picnics, and other summer festivities.

Sadly, some of those families’ Independence Day will end in tragedy, as too many irresponsible people will decide to drink and or use drugs and drive. Unfortunately, their bad choices will have lasting effects on families.

During the Fourth of July holiday period, going on now through Wednesday, July 5 at 5:59 a.m., law enforcement will be out in full force reminding drivers to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

The Visalia Police Department is working with law enforcement region-wide, looking to put a stop to this dangerous deadly crime.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.Visalia PD supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that ―DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.‖ If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of drug-impaired driving crashes.

Expect to see increased sobriety checkpoints, roving and saturation patrols, and other enforcement efforts. These enforcement campaigns are vital to public safety, and save lives. Statistics show us that drug and alcohol impaired driving is a deadly epidemic in our nation. In fact, in 2015, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes—almost a third of all traffic fatalities nationwide.

As you head out to enjoy the long weekend, keep the following in mind, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher in all 50 states.

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