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FVPD boosts patrols aimed at impaired drivers

To help spread the message about the dangers of drunk and drugged driving, the Fountain Valley Police Department is partnering with the state Office of Traffic Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to get impaired drivers off roads.

During the enforcement campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” which runs from Dec. 4-Jan. 1, the Fountain Valley Police Department will have more officers on the road conducting saturation patrols looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Also, the FVPD will hold a DUI checkpoint from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Dec. 21 at an undisclosed location within Fountain Valley city limits.

“Whether you are home with family or at the bar, it is important that you find a sober ride home after drinking,” said Traffic Sgt. Mike Parsons. “As an adult, it is up to you to make adult decisions and drive sober or use a ride share service. There are no excuses for driving impaired.”

The FVPD also reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Marijuana, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

Funding for impaired driving enforcement operations are provided by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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