SBC Sheriff’s Office Cautions Drivers: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over This 4th of July

By on July 3, 2019
Repeat DUI offenders

It never pays to drink and drive. The San Bernardino County (SBC) Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning to county residents and visitors: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this 4th of July.

Unfortunately, the 4th of July can be one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. Although the mid-year holiday is a great time to gather with friends, fire up the BBQ and enjoy fireworks, people may overindulge in alcoholic drinks creating a dangerous situation if they get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

In order to help keep the streets safe over the upcoming holiday, the Yucaipa Police Department will have an increased enforcement focused on impaired driving during the week of the 4th of July holiday as will their sister county police departments in Apple Valley, Chino Hills, Hesperia, Rancho Cucamonga and Victorville.

The SBC Sheriff’s Department suggests that before you head out to any 4th of July parties, designate a sober driver for the evening. If you are hosting a party, provide nonalcoholic drinks for designated sober drivers and monitor who is drinking. Additionally, keep an eye out for any underage drinking and report any observances of such drinking to parents or the adult responsible for the youngsters.

If you observe someone leaving a party who has been drinking check to see how they are getting home. Offer them a ride or offer to contact one of the many ride-sharing services; even offer to pay for their safe ride if you can. Or check with the party host/hostess to see if the non-sober guest can stay the night. Take the initiative and do anything you can to help keep the streets safe for all concerned.

The SBC Sheriff’s Department is also reminding drivers that Driving Under the Influence (DUI) can include the effects of prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana, especially in combination with alcohol and/or other drugs. With the average cost of a DUI arrest at approximately $13,500 — accounting for vehicle impound fees, fines, attorney fees, auto insurance hikes, and other penalties — the price for an Uber, Lyft or even a taxi is far easier on the pocketbook that a DUI.

Be smart, be responsible and if you’re the designated driver for the 4th of July, take your assignment and its responsibilities seriously. You don’t want to be SBC’s next DUI statistic.