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Posted on: May 17, 2019

WPD to ramp up patrol for 100 dangerous days of summer

100 Dangerous Days of Summer

Watsonville residents will soon see more officers patrolling the streets

Watsonville residents will soon see more officers patrolling the streets. The department will be ramping up its patrol for the start of California’s 100 dangerous days of summer on roadways between Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends.

During this time of busy summer travel, our extra officers will focus on looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Last Memorial Day, 43 people were injured in alcohol-related collisions, accounting for 25 percent of all injury crashes.

In recent years, the state has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. It’s important drivers remember “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and marijuana can also affect your ability to drive safely, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

Here are some tips to make sure you have a safe Memorial Day holiday and summer:

  • Have a sober friend, ride-share, taxi or public transportation be your ride home.
  • Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
  • Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who is drinking and how they are getting home.
  • Check any medications or over-the-counter drugs you are taking and how they may affect your ability to drive.

Funding for DUI enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

ESPAÑOL

Residentes de Watsonville muy pronto verán a más oficiales patrullando las vías. El departamento estará aumentando su patrullaje para el inicio de los 100 días más peligrosos del verano entre el Día de los Caídos (Memorial Day) hasta el Día del Trabajo (Labor Day).

Durante este tiempo en el que aumentan los viajes por carretera, nuestros oficiales adicionales se enfocarán en buscar a conductores sospechosos de conducir bajo la influencia de alcohol y/o drogas.

El año pasado durante el Día de los Caídos, 43 personas resultaron lesionadas en accidentes relacionados con el consumo de alcohol, lo que representa el 25 por ciento de todos los accidentes con lesiones.

En los últimos años, el estado ha visto un aumento en accidentes automovilísticos provocados por conductores bajo los efectos de drogas. Es importante que motoristas recuerden que un “DUI No Sólo Significa Alcohol.” Medicamentos recetados, medicamentos de venta libre y marihuana también pueden afectar su capacidad para conducir de manera segura, especialmente cuando se combina el alcohol con otras drogas.

Aquí les tenemos algunos consejos para que tengan un feriado y verano seguro:

  • Tengan un amigo sobrio, viaje compartido, taxi o transporte público que los lleve a casa.
  • Reporte a conductores ebrios llamando al 911.
  • Si tienen fiesta en casa, ofrezcan bebidas no alcohólicas. Monitoreen quién está bebiendo y cómo estarán llegando a casa.
  • Revisen todos sus medicamentos o medicamentos de venta libre y cómo pueden afectar su capacidad para conducir.

Los fondos para esta campaña de veranos son proporcionados por una subvención de la Oficina de Seguridad Vial de California, a través de la Administración Nacional de Seguridad en las Autopistas.

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