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Yucaipa deputies to conduct DUI checkpoints
The Yucaipa Police Station has announced that deputies will be conducting DUI checkpoints at high frequency sites for DUI collisions and/or arrests in the city of Yucaipa on Friday, Oct. 27 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. DUI Saturation Patrols will conduct the DUI checkpoints to help lower the number of people killed and injured in alcohol and/or drug impaired crashes. Funding for the upcoming Yucaipa DUI checkpoints has been provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Throughout California drug-impaired driving accidents have increased in recent years. A new effort from the from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Taking prescription drugs – especially those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label – can lead to impaired driving and the risk of a DUI arrest. The use of marijuana, particularly in conjunction with alcohol and other drugs, can lead to a DUI.
Drug impaired driving is responsible for a growing number of driving crashes in California. The state reports that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. Marijuana accounts for 7.4 percent versus 7.3 percent for alcohol found in drivers of fatal crashes.
Yucaipa deputies encourage drivers 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 often including free non-alcoholic drinks, free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb. To sign-up or to learn more go to: http://www.ots.ca.gov/ or to: www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS
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. Calling a taxi, Uber or Lyft is cheap compared to the expense of DUI arrest.