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SBSD - Yucaipa Police Department
Wednesday March 14th, 2018 :: 07:25 a.m. PDT


Yucaipa deputies will be conducting a DUI saturation patrol this Saturday, March 17, 2018

Contact: Deputy Erik Urban, (909)918-2305,


Yucaipa, CA – Officers from the Yucaipa Police Department 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 March 17, 2018 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

High Visibility Enforcement using 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 routinely.

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a celebration just for the Irish anymore. The holiday is widely celebrated across the country and has become one of the most dangerous, due to the number of drunk drivers on the road. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) wants to remind everyone not to push their Irish luck this holiday. There will be an increase in DUI patrols by Yucaipa Police Department during and around the holiday to help keep our roads safe. Luck won’t help if you drive while impaired, so plan ahead and designate a sober driver before the drinking begins.

“St. Patrick’s Day is a fun celebration of Irish culture, with parades and music,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “With alcohol as a staple at most celebrations, OTS wants to remind you to make sure you have a plan to get home safely before the green beer starts flowing.”

From 2011 to 2015, 252 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period. In 2015 alone, 30 lives were lost. The consequences of drunk driving can not only be fatal, they’re also expensive. Aside from jail time, the average DUI can cost $10,000. Remember, DUI doesn’t just mean booze. Celebrating with marijuana, taking impairing prescription medications, or combining them with alcohol can get you a DUI.

Planning ahead is the key to staying safe after you’ve been drinking. Before the party starts, make a plan for how to get home safely.

• A safe, sober ride home is an essential part of any plan that includes drinking. Before celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll drive. You can’t do both. If you’re planning on driving, commit to staying sober. Download OTS’ Designated Driver VIP mobile app, “DDVIP,” on your 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.

• If you will be drinking and need a sober ride home, there are many options. Plan ahead for a ride from family, a friend, taxi, rideshare, or stay overnight within walking distance.

• Help those around you be responsible, too. If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel and help them find a sober ride home.

Funding for this DUI operation is provided to Yucaipa 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’.

SBSD - Yucaipa Police Department
34144 Yucaipa Blvd
Yucaipa, CA 92399

Emergency: 9-1-1

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