San Gabriel, CA – While many of us have been staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Gabriel Police Department would like to remind those who do need to drive to do so while sober.
“The dangers of drinking and driving are very real,” says San Gabriel Police Department Motor Officer Donovan Jimenez. “That includes drugs that affect your ability to drive. Please be responsible and think of your family and friends before considering driving when you are not in a position to do so safely.”
To protect you and your family, The San Gabriel Police Department will have additional officers on patrol from Aug. 21 through Sept 7th, Labor Day weekend, looking for suspected impaired drivers. The increased efforts to address impaired driving are part of the national enforcement campaign Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over.
While less people are traveling, impaired driving continues to be a problem. During the 4th of July holiday, the California Highway Patrol reportedly made 738 arrests for DUI over a 54-hour period.
Driving while impaired is illegal, whether it is alcohol, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications or marijuana.
If you plan on drinking or taking medications that are labeled “may cause drowsiness” or that have any other impairment warning label, plan on staying home. If you see someone who you suspect is driving while impaired, call 911.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.