Pasadena Police: There Are No Valid Excuses for Impaired Driving Over Christmas/New Year’s Holidays

Published : Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | 5:55 AM

The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are great ways to spend time with family and friends ringing in another year, but also a time when people can make poor choices that put themselves and others at risk on the road.

To help spread the message about the dangers of drunk and drugged driving, the Pasadena Police Department is partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to get impaired drivers off roads.

During the high-visibility enforcement campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, which runs from Dec 14 – Jan 1, the Pasadena Police Department will have more officers on the road conducting saturation patrols looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“Whether you are home or out celebrating, it is important that you find a sober ride home after drinking,” said Mark Goodman, Lieutenant of the Police Department’s Traffic Section. “It is up to you to make safe decisions and drive sober or use a ride share service. There are no excuses for driving impaired.”

The Pasadena Police Department also reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Marijuana, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.

During the 2017 Christmas (Dec 22 – 25) and New Year’s (Dec 30 – Jan 2) holiday periods, 25 people were killed and 643 injured on California roads, according to data from the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS)

“Drunk driving continues to be a huge problem in this country, and more recently, marijuana and drug-impaired driving,” said Lieutenant Goodman. “People are out and about shopping for the holidays and going to or hosting parties, so it is important that everyone acts responsibly behind the wheel.”

Funding for impaired driving enforcement operations are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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