City – The Avoid the 23 San Mateo
County DUI Task force today announced its officers
will be out in full force during the Labor Day
holiday period, beginning August 21. They will
join thousands of other law enforcement and
highway safety agencies throughout the nation
as they take part in the Drunk Driving:
Over the Limit, Under Arrest crackdown
on impaired driving. The enforcement effort
will last through the holiday weekend.
driving is one of America’s deadliest
crimes. In 2008, over 11,700 people died in
highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle
operator with a blood alcohol concentration
(BAC) of .08 or higher. In California the provisional
data for 2008 just released indicates that 1029
died in Alcohol Involved Collisions. This data
reveals a 9 percent reduction in deaths from
picture for motorcycle riders is particularly
bleak. In fatal crashes in 2007, a higher percentage
of motorcycle riders (27 percent) had a blood
alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher
than any other type of motor vehicle driver.
no mistake. Our message is simple. No matter
if you’re driving or riding — if
we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest
you. No exceptions. No excuses,” said
Cory Roay, Daly City’s Acting Police Chief.
“We will be out in force to get more drunk
drivers off the road—and save lives that
might otherwise be lost.”
and members of our communities continue to see
far too many killed and many people with debilitating
injuries as a result of impaired driving. This
careless disregard for human life must stop.
To help ensure that happens, Avoid the 23 San
Mateo County is dedicated to arresting impaired
drivers wherever and whenever we find them,”
said Diane McCarthy, who oversees San Mateo
County’s “Avoid the 23” DUI
program funded by the state's Office of Traffic
driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only
do you risk killing yourself or someone else,
but the trauma and financial costs of a crash
or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant,”
said Acting Chief Roay. “Violators often
face jail time, the loss of their driver’s
license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees,
time away from work, and dozens of other expenses.
So don’t take the chance. Remember, if
you are caught over the limit, you will be placed
national Drunk Driving: Over the Limit,
Under Arrest impaired driving crackdown is a
program organized by the U.S. Department of
Transportation’s National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) that focuses on
combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened
public awareness through advertising and publicity.
The Program is funded trough the California
Office of Traffic Safety who reminds everyone
to please Report Drunk Driving and Call 9-1-1!
year’s effort is supported by $13 million
in paid-national advertising to help put everyone
on notice that if they are caught driving impaired,
they will be arrested.
more information, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.org
Notes: To schedule an interview regarding
Anti Drunk-Driving efforts, or request a ride-along
with law enforcement during the holiday period,
please contact Sgt. Dave Mackriss at (650) 991-8183
or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.