Over 540 California law enforcement agencies in 41 counties will be cracking down on drunk driving starting this Friday, August 21 through September 7, 2009. These agencies are part of the AVOID Program, which focuses on increased drunk driving patrols during holiday periods when drinking and driving is at its highest. According to the California Highway Patrol, 1,489 people were killed in alcohol-related collisions in 2007 (the latest statistics available).
The AVOID Program is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the Business, Transportation & Housing Agency. Funding pays for officer overtime hours, reassignment, and public awareness campaigns during the increased enforcement periods.
The program’s message is: The only way to AVOID the county’s law enforcement officers is to drive sober.
The 41 counties now taking part in the AVOID Program are:
|Alameda County||Butte County||Colusa County|
|Contra Costa County||Fresno County||Glenn County|
|Imperial County||Kern County||Kings County|
|Lake County||Los Angeles County||Madera County|
|Marin County||Merced County||Monterey County|
|Napa County||Nevada County||Orange County|
|Placer County||Riverside County||Sacramento County|
|San Bernardino County||San Diego County||San Francisco County|
|San Joaquin County||San Luis Obispo County||San Mateo County|
|Santa Barbara County||Santa Clara County||Santa Cruz County|
|Shasta County||Siskiyou County||Solano County|
|Sonoma County||Stanislaus County||Sutter County|
|Tehama County||Tulare County||Ventura County|
|Yolo County||Yuba County|
If you have a liquor license, monitor your guests’ drinking. Don’t let them drink too much or too fast. If they do become intoxicated, be sure to arrange a safe ride for the person. That way you protect them AND your business.