May202019

Yuba City Police Department Asks Public to Celebrate Memorial Day Holiday Responsibly Enforcement Efforts Aimed at Stopping Suspected Impaired Drivers

Yuba City, Calif. –
Memorial Day Weekend is a time many spend with family and friends for outdoor activities
but is also what is considered the start of California’s 100 dangerous days of summer on roadways between the
Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.
During this time of busy summer travel, the Yuba City Police Department will have additional officers on patrol
looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, the Yuba City
Police Department will conduct a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on May 24, 2019 from 8:00 p.m. and 2:00
a.m. at a central location within the city of Yuba City limits.
Last Memorial Day, 43 people were injured in alcohol-related collisions, accounting for 25 percent of all injury
crashes.
“If you plan on drinking, don’t plan on driving,” Yuba City Police Department Sgt. Kim Slade said. “Know
beforehand how you are getting home. It’s never worth putting yourself and others at risk by driving when you
should not be driving.”
In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Yuba City Police
Department reminds drivers that “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.
The Yuba City Police Department offers these 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 impact 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
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