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DUI Enforcement Deters Impaired Driving

The Visalia Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on April 7th between the hours of 7 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Through the Patrol, PD made 66 vehicle enforcement stops, seven drivers were cited and/or arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended and/or revoked, 49 citations were issued and zero DUI-Alcohol suspects were arrested.

"High Visibility Enforcement efforts like this have a deterrent effect, lowering the incidents of impaired driving," stated Sergeant Damon Maurice, Visalia Police Department.

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

"Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10,000," added Maurice. "Not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out."

The DUI Saturation Patrol was 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 9-1-1‟.

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