Drivers who are intoxicated or impaired cause many accidents on California’s roads and highways. Several years ago, the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) in conjunction with organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) teamed up to create a public awareness campaign to bring DUI driving to the forefront of the driving public’s minds. The “Avoid” program was started, which takes a many-pronged approach to the problem of drunk and impaired driving, including education through public service campaigns in the media and in schools, special enforcement of DUI laws and enhanced penalties through the courts.
Grant money provided through the OTS is provided to police departments for the staffing of special cars which patrol only for DUI and other impaired drivers. Many times a year, strike teams will be funded through the OTS to flood the roads and highways of Pacifica and San Mateo County with extra patrols on the lookout for drunk and impaired drivers.
Fines, suspensions and jail time are only some of the penalties imposed when a person is arrested for DUI. Police officers are specially trained to detect persons who are driving impaired – if you’ve been drinking, don’t take the chance… don’t drive!