Be Safe, Be Sober This Holiday Season

National Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Begins Dec. 14

PASADENA, Calif.—This holiday season, Pasadena Police Department wants to remind the public about the importance of being safe and sober when driving.

Gatherings with members of other households are currently prohibited to help stop the surge in COVID-19 cases. And while holiday celebrations may look different this year, the police department is dedicated to keeping the public safe, urging people to stay at home or use a designated sober driver if planning to drink.

Starting Dec. 14 through New Year’s Day, Pasadena Police Department will have officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The enforcement effort is part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which is intended to show zero tolerance for drunk driving and keep roads safe.

“This year has been challenging and difficult on all of us,” Lieutenant Anthony Russo said. “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.”

Impaired driving doesn't just mean driving under the influence of alcohol: prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and marijuana may also impair your driving ability, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs. Do your research and understand how certain drugs you are taking may affect your driving ability.

Funding for this traffic enforcement program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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