PRESS RELEASECity of Woodland Police Department
1000 Lincoln Ave.
Woodland, CA 95695
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||PRESS RELEASE# 6/28/18|
|Subject:||HELP US SAVE LIVES THIS FOURTH OF JULY "DUI DOESN'T JUST MEAN BOOZE"|
|Contact:||Sergeant Dallas Hyde, 530-661-7868|
As celebrations associated with Independence Day–fireworks, backyard barbeques and pool parties–wind down, it’s vital we all work together to spread this life-saving message: DUI
Doesn’t Just Mean Booze. This Independence Day holiday, the Woodland PoliceDepartment wants to remind you to
plan for a safe week of festivities by not driving under the influence of alcohol,marijuana or drugs. Doing so ensures you will not put others, and yourself, in
danger by driving impaired.
Tohelp reduce the heavy hearts and nightmarish memories as a result of impaired
drivers, the Woodland Police Department will deploy additional officers onspecial DUI Saturation Patrols specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing
signs of alcohol or drug impairment July 6th, 2018 during the hoursof 9:00 PM and 3:00 AM.
years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired drivingcrashes. During the 2017 four-day Fourth
of July holiday in California, 17 people were killed and 430 injured in alcoholinvolved crashes. The
Woodland Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of TrafficSafety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean
Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a drivingor operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to
get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combinationwith alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
Prepare for the
If you will be drinking, plan how you will get around without driving. Remember these tips for a safe night on the roads:
· Designate a sober driver or use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely.
· Have a friend orfamily member who is about to drive buzzed or impaired? Take the keys away and
make arrangements to get them home safely.
· Report drunk drivers - call 911.
You can also do your part by volunteering to be a designated sober driver! Through our DDVIP program, select bars and restaurants are offering non-alcoholic specialty drinks for sober drivers, among other deals: http://bit.ly/OTSDDrinks.
The Costs ofDrunk Driving
Drinking and driving is dangerous, even if you’re “just buzzed” or drug impaired. When you drive impaired, you risk the lives and safety of those riding with you and around you. You also risk a big hit on your wallet. A first time DUI arrest could cost you up to $10,000 – which includes attorney fees, fines, very high insurance rates, car towing, an alcohol/drug education treatment program and lost time at work, not to mention jail time, years on probation, the loss of your vehicle and driver’s license.
A final statistic to remember: Drunk-driving
deaths are 100-percent preventable.
This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Whetherby bike, car, motorcycle or walking, be a part of the solution and ‘Go Safely
The next statewide DUI campaign is National Impaired Driving Mobilization, which runs August 17 through the Labor Day Weekend.
To learn more about DDVIP and other OTS awareness, education and enforcement campaigns, visit www.ots.ca.gov, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages: https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS/ and https://twitter.com/OTS_CA?lang=en.