An unfortunate side effect of the winter holiday season is that drunk driving increases greatly on roads throughout California and across the nation. Holiday parties and various festive activities involving alcohol create a greater chance that partygoers will hit the roads while drunk. In response, the Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is having police throughout southern California increase their driving under the influence (DUI) patrols and checkpoints.
The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is partnering with law enforcement agencies for sobriety checkpoints, 35 DUI Task Force Strike Teams, DUI saturation patrols throughout cities, and probation/warrant sweeps targeting the repeat offenders. Additionally, multi-media anti-drunk driving campaigns will begin on December 14 using social media, freeway message signs, and in-person events at Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Sacramento.
Governors Highway Safety Association Chairman Kendell Poole stated, “Too often there’s an incorrect assumption that the drunk driving problem is solved. That couldn’t be further from the truth, as we continue to lose our friends and neighbors due to drivers drinking too much and getting behind the wheel.”
Unfortunately, even with increased police patrols, drunk driving accidents are bound to increase throughout the holiday season. Often in these crashes, those who have chosen to drive safely are the ones who suffer the worst losses. Be continually aware of potential drunk drivers around you, whether you are driving or walking, to keep yourself and loved ones as safe as possible this holiday season.
At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, a Beverley Hills drunk driving victim lawyer can aid you in the search for compensation and the road to recovery if you or a loved one has been injured by an intoxicated driver. To learn more about how we may be able to aid you in your case, call 213-514-8332.