California DUI lawyer enforcement news
Law enforcement officials throughout the Bay Area arrested 73 suspected drunken drivers during the first 24 hours of their annual DUI enforcement campaign, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Les Bishop reported Sunday.
The Bay Area Regional Avoid Program began at 12:01 a.m. Friday when officers from 125 law enforcement agencies began targeting drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Bishop reported.
Enforcement efforts will continue for the next 19 days.
According to preliminary reports, there have been no deaths on Bay Area roadways attributed to drunk driving this holiday season, Bishop reported.
Last year, 3,037 suspected drunken drivers were arrested during the 20-day enforcement effort, but there were still seven DUI-related deaths.
Don't let drinking, driving spoil the holidays
Holiday celebrations have many important ingredients: family, friends and good times. But if your celebrations include alcohol, don't forget the most important ingredient of all, the designated driver.
According to a recent survey conducted by Nielsen Media Research, 154 million American adults have been a designated driver or been driven home by one ... that's equal to about half of the U.S. population.
Our nation is making progress in the fight against drunk driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk-driving fatalities have declined 36 percent since 1982.
Matesich Distributing Co. and Anheuser-Busch thank all adults who choose to be or use a designated driver during the holiday season. Not only do designated drivers help save lives, using or being one shows you care about your friends, family, colleagues and community.
Demonstrate your appreciation for people you know who have been a designated driver by logging onto www.whosyourbud.com and sending an electronic "thank you."
Remember, asking "Who's Your Bud?" -- the designated driver -- before celebrating will keep us all safe ... because responsibility matters.