The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Napa County, will run from Aug. 16 through Sept. 2.
Napa Police Sgt.
Brian Campagna said the Avoid the 9 Napa DUI Task Force will be aggressively looking
for drunk drivers during the
crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk.
Plans are in place for one DUI/drivers license checkpoint, a multi-agency strike team, 10 local roving DUI saturation patrols, a DUI warrant/probation sweep and a DUI court sting targeting
suspended drivers who were ordered by the judge not to drive.
Although it is illegal with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, far too many people get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.
about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more drunk
drivers or motorcycle operators,” Campagna said. “In 2011 9,878 people died in crashes involving drunk
"That works out to approximately one drunk driving fatality every 53 minutes," he said. "In California, 774 died due to the crime of impaired driving.”
Campagna added that long weekends such as the Labor Day holiday are particularly dangerous.
“We want to
remind everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea," Campagna said. "Unfortunately, not only does drinking
impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment
and good sense about whether you can, or should drive.
"If you have any doubt about your
sobriety, do not get behind the wheel," he added. "If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”
Campagna noted that being arrested
for driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s
life. Drunk drivers face jail
time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as
higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the
potential loss of job.
When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.
“Driving drunk is
simply not worth the risk," he said. "So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out
in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.’”