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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Humboldt County AVOID The 10 DUI Campaign Weekend – Final Report


HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CA - This past Labor Day holiday period, the Avoid the 10 partnered with law enforcement statewide in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk-driving enforcement campaign. From August 19-September 5, local police, sheriff and CHP showed zero tolerance for impaired driving, arresting 56 offenders for the deadly crime.

“For us, saving one life would make the campaign worthwhile,” said Sergeant Charles Ellebrecht. “We wanted our community to know that we do not tolerate drunk driving. Our law enforcement was out in full force, pulling over and arresting drivers who were under the influence. We wanted people to know the message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” he said. Through TV, radio, social media the high-visibility enforcement campaign aimed to increase awareness about the dangers of drunk driving. According to NHTSA, this aggressive approach has proven effective in the past for enforcing other types of traffic safety laws, such as seat belts usage.

“We encourage anyone heading out for the night to please plan a safe ride home before you take the first sip, This is a key to preventing drunk driving. If everyone planned ahead, lives would be saved.”

“There is never a safe time to drink and drive,” said Chief William Dobberstein. “In partnership with NHTSA, we ask everyone to please consider the deadly consequences of their actions. Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, every day of the year.”

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

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