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.
The San Diego County Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force will be deploying overtime patrols onto city streets while CHP saturates the freeways and unincorporated communities. They will be looking for the signs of a drunk driver to stop, test and arrest those who have had too much alcohol.
The San Diego County Avoid the 14 will participate in a multi-agency DUI saturation patrol in Escondido on May 5, 2011 and conduct a DUI checkpoint in National City on May 6, 2011.
Everyone, including hosts, local bars and restaurants, must be sure to promote designated, sober drivers in advance, before the „Fiesta‟ begins.
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.
It you see dangerous driving, Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!