News Story

 

Tell A Friend About the Super Bowl DUI Enforcement Patrol in the Moorpark Area
2/6/2016 10:38:00 AM

 

Nature of Incident:

Tell a Friend About the Super Bowl DUI Enforcement Patrol in the Moorpark Area

Report Number:

None.

Location:

City of Moorpark.

Date & Time:

February 7, 2016, from 8:00 PM to 3:00 AM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Moorpark Police Department / Traffic Unit.

Narrative:

Game Plan for Super Bowl 50: Are You Drinking or Are You Driving'

This is NOT the Time for an Option Play

Moorpark CA ' The Super Bowl is America's most watched national sporting event.  On Sunday, February 7, there will be lots of Super Bowl 50 socializing that may include drinking.  That's why the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the California Office of Traffic Safety and local law enforcement officials statewide are urging football fans to call the play now: drinking OR driving don't do both!  If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

The Moorpark Police Department will deploy additional officers on special DUI saturation patrols specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during and following the Super Bowl.

NHTSA's 'Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk' campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time to prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking.  Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road.

According to 2014 data, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States ' 31 % of all vehicle crash fatalities in the nation, with crashes spiking on the weekends. California's 2014 data reveals that 882 individuals were killed in DUI crashes.

A driver is legally considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.  The use of drugs and other factors can lead to arrest or crashes at much lower alcohol levels. This February 7, don't become a tragic Super Bowl statistic ' Fans Don't Let fans Drive Drunk.

'Drunk driving is completely preventable,' said Captain Stephen Wade.  'All it takes is a little planning.  We want fans to remember that they have a choice.  Drink or drive'but never do both!'

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 %) than did for alcohol (7.3 %).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 %, slightly more than alcohol.  Everyone should be mindful that if you're taking medication ' whether prescription or over-the-counter ' drinking even small amounts of alcohol in combination with these drugs can greatly intensify the impairment affects.

For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home.  Designate a sober driver, whether it's a friend, relative, taxi, rideshare, or public transportation.  The California Office of Traffic Safety Designated Driver VIP (DDVIP) mobile app is now available to download for free on iOS and Android devices.  Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot' with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots' to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California.  Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their lifesaving roles.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab.  Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft, or Curb ' all from one screen. 

For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol.  Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks.  Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday. You might just save a life.

If you're attending a Super Bowl 50 party, designate a responsible driver before the game begins.  One way to thank your designated driver is by tweeting us their name during Super Bowl 50, which will appear on NHTSA's Wall of Fame.  And if you are the designated driver, be sure to tweet us your name during the big game to make NHTSA's Wall of Fame too.

These operations are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and 'Report Drunk Drivers ' Call 911' if you see a dangerous driver immediately!

 

   


Prepared by:

Senior Deputy Nolan Stoyko #2979

 

News Release Date:

02/06/2016

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Nolan Stoyko. (805)947-8217

nolanstoyko@ventura.org

 

Approved by:

Stephen Wade, Captain

 





 

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