Cinco de Mayo is a special opportunity to gather with friends and co-workers for chips, salsa and margaritas, celebrating California’s rich cultural diversity. It is also a night when dangerous and often deadly outcomes occur because another impaired driver hits the road drunk.
A special Los Angeles County DUI task force will be deploying overtime patrols onto city streets while the California Highway Patrol will be saturating the freeways and unincorporated communities. They will be looking for the signs of drunk drivers to stop, test and arrest if they have had too much alcohol.
The Sheriff’s Department encourages everyone, including hosts, local bars and restaurants, be sure to promote designated sober drivers in advance, before the parties begin.
Plan ahead with these tips: Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins. Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks or other promotional items to the Designated Driver. Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.
Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food. If you see dangerous driving, you are encouraged to call 911 to report it.
“Drunk driving affects everyone on the roadway,” said Sergeant Joseph Jakl of the Sheriff’s Traffic Services Detail. “The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department aggressively enforces our state’s DUI laws to protect the public.”
Funding for the ‘Avoid the 100’ DUI Task Force is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Los Angeles County task force is a coordinated effort involving 100 police agencies, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, to combat senseless deaths related to drunk driving.