Police in Alameda County have begun to step up their DUI enforcement efforts in preparation for the upcoming holiday weekend. A department spokesperson said this is part of their “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” campaign, and are hopeful it will deter persons from driving while under the influence.
Patch.com has reported that a number of DUI checkpoints and Saturation Patrols will take place between Aug. 24 and Sept. 1. Additional efforts will continue through the close of Labor Day weekend. Police in Alameda County point out that close to 800 people lost their lives in California within the past 12 months. All of these incidents, they say, were directly related to a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.
The national statistics are shocking. According to an Alameda Police Department spokesperson, a DUI-related fatality takes place approximately every 51 minutes. Removing impaired drivers from roadways, he said, is a key component in saving lives. He further pointed out that efforts such as DUI Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols can reduce the instance of drunk and/or impaired drivers by as much 20%.
Law enforcement officials are are hopeful their message will be heard loud and clear. They suggest party-goers plan safe routes home in advance, to designate a sober driver, and to consider programming the number of a cab company into your cell phone.
If someone you know finds themselves on the wrong side of the law this holiday weekend and you need to speak to a bail bondsman in Alameda County, call Adelante Bail Bonds now at 510-291-4169 for immediate assistance.