As you celebrate this holiday season at festive parties filled with family, friends, and fun,
please keep in mind that San Diego Law Enforcement is cracking down on DUIs to help save lives! “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is the task force campaign being launched by law enforcement from 15 agencies. They will be watching over the local roadways to apprehend drunk drivers drivers in an effort to save lives.
The San Diego County DUI Avoid the 15 Task Force says they will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers. Party-goers please be aware, extra patrols are out there and anyone caught driving under the influence will be arrested. This holiday enforcement crackdown will begin December 14 and it will run through January 1. According to The Village News, law enforcement efforts will include:
DUI/Driver License Checkpoints, DUI saturation patrols, a multi‐agency DUI Taskforce strike team patrol, and a DUI Warrant sweep. Agencies will deploy all available deputies and officers during two maximum enforcement periods – Christmas and New Year’s weekends.
December 14 – Sobriety Checkpoints in Vista and Santee, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
December 15 – Warrant Sweep, South Bay
December 15 – Sobriety Checkpoint Lemon Grove and Encinitas, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
December 20 – DUI Saturation Patrol for the Poinsettia Bowl, 5 p.m. to midnight
December 21 – Sobriety Checkpoint San Marcos, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
December 22 – Sobriety Checkpoint Rancho San Diego (AVOID), 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
December 28 – Sobriety Checkpoint Poway and Imperial Beach, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
December 29 – Sobriety Checkpoint Chula Vista, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
December 30 – DUI Saturation Patrol Chargers/Raiders game, 5 p.m. to midnight
December 31 – DUI Saturation Patrol, Sheriff’s Department contract cities: San Marcos, Vista, Poway, Encinitas, Lemon Grove, Imperial Beach, and Santee.
San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore has this important advice for you to keep in mind: “Don’t let a DUI ruin your holidays. Before you leave home for a holiday party, think about how everyone can get home safely. Designate a sober driver, take a cab or stay the night. We are not going to tolerate impaired driving. So remember, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.’ We will be watching.”
Following these simple tips recommended by The Avoid the 15 Coalition will help you have a safe holiday season:
~ Plan ahead. If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Designate a sober driver or find another safe way home. Remember, even one too many drinks increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle.
~ If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
~ Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, report them ‐ call 911! Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
As an experienced DUI attorney, I can attest to the fact that DUIs, and Drunk Driving crashes are on the rise during this festive time. Let’s help make this holiday season a safe and happy one by being responsible party-goers. Please follow the valuable tips provided by The Avoid the 15 Coalition. To echo what I encouraged in my previous holiday blog, offer a sober, safe ride to anyone who has had a little too much holiday merriment. This thoughtful gift can save a life!
From All Of Us at The Law Firm of Sean F. Leslie,
We Wish You a Safe and Happy Holiday Season Filled with Cherished Memories!
Source: “DUI Checkpoints, Patrols, Ramped up During Holiday Period” ~ The Village News, December 6th, 2012