‘Buzzed’ driving is drunk driving, warns the sheriff’s department
As party‐going ghosts and goblins celebrate Halloween this weekend, the Avoid the 14 San Diego County DUI Task Force reminds everyone to keep the party off the road.
Roving DUI saturation patrols will be out in force looking to stop and arrest drunk and “buzzed” drivers this Halloween weekend. There will also be a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint near San Diego State University on Saturday, Oct. 29, to deter and lower impaired driving in the region.
Halloween weekend is a particularly deadly time due to the high number of drunk drivers on the roads, according to Lt. Jose Sanchez with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. That is why the Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force members are urging all drivers to keep the party off the road.
“If you feel ‘buzzed,’ you should not be behind the wheel,” states a department release. “You don’t have to feel drunk to be too impaired to drive…Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”
Nighttime is an especially dangerous time to be on the road. But this weekend and Halloween night are considered among the deadliest times for impaired drivers. In 2009, 950 people were killed in traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.
“Far too many people spend hours and hours preparing their Halloween costumes and party plans,” said Sheriff Bill Gore. “But too often impaired drivers never plan ahead for their designated driver and end up making the roads scarier than a horror show.”
DUI checkpoints along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement serve as proven deterrents with the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightened awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, noted Gore.
The Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force recommends these simple tips for a safe Halloween celebration:
• Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
• Before drinking, designate a sober non-drinking driver.
• If you’re impaired, call a sober friend or family member, take a taxi or use public transportation.
• If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911.
• And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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