In the wake of several driving under the influence arrests, including one for a fatal collision, the Turlock Police Department announced Thursday that they will be stepping up efforts to catch those that drive drunk or under the influence of drugs.
The Turlock Police Department will work around the clock to keep drivers and passengers safe as they search for impaired drivers. As part of the holiday enforcement campaign period, Turlock Police Officers will be watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman.
“With extra travelers on the roads, and people attending holiday parties, Turlock Police have already seen an increase in drunk driving. In just the last six weeks, Turlock Police Officers have responded to 17 driving while impaired incidents,” Holeman said.
In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. Drivers taking prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, may be enough to get a DUI. Marijuana use can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
Of course, the Turlock Police Department would rather have residents plan ahead to eliminate the possibility of getting a DUI.
Drivers are encouraged 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, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.
AAA is also offering its Tipsy Tow service for the holidays. Service will be available in Northern California starting 6 p.m. Monday and run through 6 a.m. Tuesday. Tipsy Tow provides a free ride home and vehicle tow of up to 10 miles for any driver, not just AAA Members. For mileage beyond this, motorists are charged a standard towing rate. To use the service, anyone who wants to ensure a safe ride home for an impaired motorist should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) and state that they need a Tipsy Tow.
“If you've been singing ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas,’ we urge you to keep your promise, and never drive drunk. AAA encourages all Northern Californians to use Tipsy Tow, if necessary, to ensure they'll spend the holiday with their loved ones, safe and sound,” said Michael Blasky, spokesperson for AAA Northern California.
If you suspect a drunk or impaired driver on the road, call 9-1-1.