The Stanislaus County Avoid the 12 campaign will be out with coordinated efforts to stop drunk drivers over the Halloween weekend.Roving DUI Saturation Patrols and a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint are planned this weekend as part of ongoing efforts to lower impaired driving in the region. The DUI Checkpoint will be held today in Modesto. Additional DUI Patrols will be conducted county wide on Sunday.Halloween weekend is often one of the deadliest times of the year for impaired drivers. According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, 16 individuals died and 417 were injured on Halloween in alcohol involved collisions during the past five years.Turlock Police Department recommends these simple tips for a safe Halloween:
· Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
· Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
· If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
· If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call 911;
· And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.