If you enjoy too much egg nog at a holiday party this month, you better make sure you have a designated driver; because the Lodi Police Department is on the lookout for drunk drivers.
On Thursday, the department announced a crackdown on driving under the influence, effective today through New Year's weekend. Not only will cops be on the lookout for drunk drivers, but also those who are under the influence of drugs.
According to Sgt. Chris Jacobsen with Lodi police, there is always a spike in the number of DUI incidents during the holidays.
"We know that the holiday season can be one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America's roadways due to an increase in drunk driving," Jacobsen said in a press release.
The department said during a similar crackdown last year, 36 people with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit (.08) were killed in accidents statewide, all within a two-and-a-half week period. Additionally, 1,168 people were injured in alcohol-related accidents.
"Sadly, millions of Americans still think they are invincible and regularly choose to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink," Jacobsen said.
Men are at a higher risk of being involved in DUI incidents, according to the department, as nearly one-quarter have admitted to riding with someone within the last year who should not have been driving.
As part of the crackdown, police will conduct a DUI checkpoint Saturday night at an undisclosed location in the city. The checkpoint is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
During the last DUI checkpoint on Nov. 13, Lodi police arrested eight people and towed 17 vehicles. There were also 28 citations issued.
If you spot a drunk driver, you should call 911 immediately, Jacobsen said.
"Don't let your 2010 end in an arrest or worse, injury or death," he said. "Remember, whether you've had way too many or just one too many, it's not worth the risk."
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