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San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Tuesday November 22nd, 2016 :: 01:00 p.m. PST


Thanksgiving DUI Patrols

Thanksgiving is considered one of the busiest holiday travel weekends of the year. With millions of people hitting the road, the Sheriff's Department wants you to do the responsible thing and not drink and drive. If you get arrested, you will go to jail.

Sheriff's Deputies will be conducting additional DUI patrols across San Diego County from Thursday, November 24th (Thanksgiving) through Sunday, November 27th.

The Sheriff's Department's goal is simple: to remove impaired drivers from roadways and prevent crashes that can cause serious injury or death.

During Thanksgiving weekend 2015, deputies arrested 14 people for impaired driving. 27 people were arrested for DUI during the same time period in 2014.

"DUI-related crashes are 100 percent preventable," said Sheriff Bill Gore. "Do the responsible thing this Thanksgiving and everyday: don't drink and drive."

To date, nearly 1,200 people have been arrested for DUI by the Sheriff's Department in 2016. In 2015, deputies arrested 1,521 people for impaired driving.

Here are some sober rider options for Thanksgiving:
• Be My Designated Driver (Dryver)
• Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)
• North County Transit District (NCTD)

Watch our public safety video on the dangers and high price of drinking and driving by following the Sheriff's Department on VIMEO:

If you are one of the many people driving this Thanksgiving weekend, don't forget to buckle your seat belt.

Many car crash injuries and deaths could be prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. Sheriff's Deputies are always on the lookout to make sure people are obeying California's seat belt laws.

If you're caught not wearing a seat belt, you will be cited and fined. Buckle Up America – Every Trip, Every Time.

Funding for the Thanksgiving DUI/seat belt enforcement program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

San Diego County Sheriff's Department
9621 Ridgehaven Ct
San Diego, CA 92123

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 858-565-5200

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