Officers from the
Modesto Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend
to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s
ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation
Patrols will deploy on Saturday, April 14, 2018 between the hours of 7 p.m. and
3 a.m., and Sunday, April 15, Monday, April 16, Tuesday, April 17, and Wednesday,
April 18, 2018 between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. in areas with high
frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.
High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and
DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and
injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes.
Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced
by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted
In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155
deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a
sober driver. Over the course of the
past three years, 2015-2017, Modesto Police Officers have investigated 7 DUI
collisions which have claimed 7 lives.
Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug
impairment. When possible, specially
trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired
driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving
In recent years,
California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.
Modesto Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic
Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean
Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving
or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to
get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination
with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of
drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested
positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol
(7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana
was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should
be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or
over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify
the impairment affects.
Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver
VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app
helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the
designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and
more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab
for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.The cost of a ride home is cheap! Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the
impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license
suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the
embarrassment when friends and family find out.
Funding for this DUI operation is provided
to Modesto Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic
Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding
everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.