My News LA reported recently that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office is intensifying driving under the influence (DUI) patrols in the county starting Monday of this week and lasting through New Year’s Day in a campaign designed to reduce the number and impact of impaired drivers on the roads throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be patrolling and on the lookout for impaired drivers and wished to remind motorists that impaired driving includes not only driving under the influence of alcohol and narcotics, but also prescription meds, over the counter medicine, and marijuana.
The public was also urged to stay home and avoid large gatherings during the holidays to help curb the spread of COVID-19. “This year has been challenging and difficult on all of us. The last thing we need is more heartbreak and tragedy. Make the right choice by not driving impaired so everyone can have a safe holiday,” remarked a representative from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office in a statement to the public.
The intensified patrol program is being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety utilizing funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.