The New Year weekend is fast approaching and Avoid the 5 Nevada county DUI task force is out looking for drunk and drugged drivers. In December of 2009 there were 753 people killed nationwide in crashed that involved drivers or motorcycle riders with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher. In California 57 individuals died on the states streets and highways. SGT Steve Johnson with the Grass Valley Police Department offers some simple tips to AVOID the 5 this weekend.
“We always suggest that you plan a safe way home before the festivities begin. Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home so they won’t be a temptation to you should you want to drive. And if you’ve been drinking, please use a taxi, call a sober friend or a family member or use public transportation. If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call local law enforcement. Call 911. And if you have to ask someone if they’ve had too much to drink, they probably have. So please help him or her make arrangements to get home safely.”
The Avoid the 5 program brings together local police, sheriff and CHP with saturation patrols and is funded by the California office of traffic safety.