The Stanislaus County “AVOID the 12” law enforcement partners will team up for the 2016 KAT Country 103 Listener Appreciation Concert in Turlock on Saturday by deploying officers that will be focused on catching impaired drivers.
The team will consist of members from each of the Stanislaus County police, sheriff and California Highway Patrol departments.
Officers will be patrolling throughout Turlock and the surrounding area looking for the tell-tale signs of impaired driving.
“It is the hope of the Avoid the 12 DUI Task Force that everyone enjoys the event festivities, but that they know ‘When to Say When,’ and to plan for a designated driver prior to consuming alcoholic beverages,” said Deputy Patrick McCulloch.
Law Enforcement encourages everyone planning to attend the KAT Country 103 Concert to first think about how to get home after drinking during the event.
“Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant,” said Rhonda Craft, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work, and dozens of other expenses. So don’t take the chance.”
Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.
The Avoid the 12 DUI Campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.