Thanksgiving DUI/Seat Belt Patrols

Nov 24, 2015 (SDSO) Thanksgiving is considered one of the busiest holiday travel weekends of the year. With millions of people hitting the road, the Sheriff’s Department wants you to do the responsible thing and not drink and drive. If you get arrested, you will go to jail.

Sheriff’s Deputies will be conducting additional DUI patrols across San Diego County from Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving) through Sunday, November 29th.

The Sheriff’s Department’s goal is simple: to remove impaired drivers from roadways and prevent crashes that can cause serious injury or death.

During Thanksgiving weekend 2014, deputies arrested 27 people for impaired driving. 29 people were arrested for DUI during the same time period in 2013. In 2012, deputies made 26 DUI arrests during Thanksgiving weekend.

“The last thing I want to see is a tragedy caused by drinking and driving,” said Sheriff Bill Gore. “Do the responsible thing this Thanksgiving: don’t drink and drive.”

To date, more than 1,300 people have been arrested for DUI by the Sheriff’s Department in 2015. In 2014, deputies arrested 1,610 people for impaired driving. In 2013, 1,888 people were arrested for impaired driving.

Here are some sober rider options for Thanksgiving:

• Be My Designated Driver: http://www.bemydd.com/
• Metropolitan Transit System (MTS): http://www.sdmts.com/
• North County Transit District (NCTD): http://www.gonctd.com/

Watch our public safety video on the dangers and high price of drinking and driving by following the Sheriff’s Department on VIMEO: https://goo.gl/5vK8Z9.

If you are one of the many people driving this Thanksgiving weekend, don’t forget to buckle your seat belt.

Many car crash injuries and deaths could be prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.

Sheriff’s Deputies are always on the lookout to make sure people are obeying California’s seat belt laws.

If you’re caught not wearing a seat belt, you will be cited and fined. Buckle Up America – Every Trip, Every Time.

Funding for the Thanksgiving DUI/seat belt enforcement program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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