Memorial Day Weekend is considered the start of California’s 100 dangerous days of summer on roadways, between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays. In an effort to keep streets safe, the Garden Grove Police Department will increase enforcement efforts to stop suspected impaired drivers.
“If you plan on drinking, don’t plan on driving,” said Garden Grove Police Chief Tom DaRé. “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.”
Last Memorial Day, 43 people were injured in alcohol-related collisions, accounting for 25 percent of all injury crashes.
In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.
The Garden Grove 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 Garden Grove Police Department offers these safety tips:
- Have a sober friend, ride-share, taxi, or public transportation be your ride.
- 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 the DUI enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.