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West Sacramento Police Department
Thursday August 16th, 2012 :: 09:27 a.m. PDT

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Yolo County Avoid the 8 DUI Enforcement

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2012

Contact: Sergeant Tom Davis, 530-661-7880, tom.davis@cityofwoodland.org

Yolo County Avoid the 8 DUI Task Force
Set For Crackdown on Impaired Driving

Law Enforcement Reminds Drivers to End the Summer on a Safe Note

Woodland, CA If you drink and drive in Yolo County beware, the Yolo County Avoid the 8 DUI Task Force is joining with law enforcement throughout the state for the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign August 17 to September 3, 2012.

DUI/ Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force deployments and local roving DUI patrols are scheduled locally in partnership with law enforcement nationwide during the Summer/Labor Day Campaign. (See attached Enforcement Schedule of Operations)

The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2010 alone, 791 people died in California in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit. The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

"On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America. But this tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways," said Sgt. Tom Davis. "Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this statewide wide effort, we will make Yolo County's roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period."

California Highway Patrol Commander Dale Cannon with the Woodland Area Office said CHP, Police and Sheriff Deputies will be aggressively looking for all impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone they find driving while impaired. CHP will deploy all available officers during the Labor Day holiday weekend onto freeways and county roads they patrol.

"Obviously we want to remind everyone that it is illegal to drive impaired, and we hope the campaign will remind people that if they plan on drinking, to never get behind the wheel," said Sgt. Tom Davis. "But if someone does choose to drive impaired, we will arrest them. No warnings. No excuses."

According to the Avoid the 8 DUI Task Force, violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

The national Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is led by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), with the California Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign combining high-visibility enforcement and heightened public awareness and impaired driving deterrence through publicity.

The Program is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to Report Drunk Driving - Call 9-1-1!
Media Notes: To schedule an interview regarding Anti Drunk-Driving efforts, or request a ride-along with law enforcement during the holiday period, please contact Sgt. Tom Davis at 530-661-7880 or via email at tom.davis@cityofwoodland.org

Yolo County Schedule of Operations

August 17th-Sept 2, Court Sting Operation and Warrant / Probation Sweep - EMBARGOED Details to be announced EMBARGOED

Sat, August 18th, DUI/CDL Checkpoint 1900-0300, City of Woodland

Sun, August 19th DUI Saturation Patrols 2000-0400, City of Woodland and Winters

Sat, August 25th Multi-Agency DUI Saturation Patrols 2000-0400, City of West Sacramento

Sat, Sept 1st, DUI/CDL Checkpoint, 1900-0300, City of Davis

Sat, Sept 1st, DUI Patrols 1200-midnight, rural areas of Yolo County by CHP

Sun, Sept 2nd, DUI Saturation Patrols 1200-0400, City of Woodland, Winters and rural areas of Yolo County by CHP.

Mon, Sept 2nd, DUI Patrols 1200-midnight, rural areas of Yolo County by CHP

Address/Location
West Sacramento Police Department
550 Jefferson Boulevard
West Sacramento, CA 95605

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 916-617-4900

Tom Davis
Woodland Police Dept Traffic Division
tom.davis@cityofwoodland.org
530-661-7880

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