The South Pasadena Police Department will be stepping up high visibility DUI enforcement this weekend.
Officers will be patrolling the city from August 3 to August 5 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. each day looking for motorists who may have had too much to drink.
According to the California Office of Traffic Study (OTS) a DUI without a crash involved can cost up to $10,000, the loss of a driver license and even a job.
“The fun associated with the summer weekend nights can instantly turn tragic for those who fail to have a plan in place ahead of time,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “When planning, it is important to also remember that DUI doesn’t just mean booze.
Consuming prescription drugs or marijuana puts you at the same risk for a DUI – and possibly even worse consequences when combined with alcohol.”
The OTS reminds drivers to have a plan in place before heading to a party or event. With so many options for safe and sober ride home, including rideshare services, there is no excuse for driving under the influence.
The OTS also recommends party hosts to not let anyone drive when they have consumed enough alcohol, marijuana or prescription medications that may impair their judgment or impact their ability to drive.
For more information on staying safe on the Fourth of July, visit www.OTS.ca.gov.