Police are planning an extra enforcement campaign in Pasadena on Friday to both seek out intoxicated drivers and remind the public of the dangers of DUI, officials said.
The citywide extra patrols are part of the “Know Your Limit” campaign, which is “intended to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving, and how little it takes to reach the legal limit to drive a vehicle,” Pasadena police said in a written statement.
“During this time, officers will ask patrons how many drinks they have consumed and whether they believe it is safe to drive,” according to the statement.. “Officers will provide information on the impacts of alcohol on one’s ability to drive, and the consequences of a DUI.”
“The goal is to help people understand the effects of alcohol so they can make smart decisions about how they get home,” Lt. Anthony Russo said. “It only takes a few drinks to impair, and that’s why it is important that people know their limit.”
In addition to alcohol, officers will also be on the lookout for those impaired by drugs or medications.
“Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving,” the police statement said. “While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal. If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home.”
On average, a first-time DUI offense results in $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license, officials added.
Funding for Friday’s campaign is being provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.