San Bernardino, CA, May 5, 2011 – Cinco de Mayo means gathering with friends and co-workers for salsa, chips and Margaritas, celebrating California’s rich cultural diversity. It is also a night when dangerous and often deadly outcomes occur because another impaired driver hits the road drunk. The San Bernardino County Avoid the 25 DUI Task Force will be deploying overtime patrols onto city streets while CHP will be saturating the freeways and unincorporated communities. They will be looking for the signs of a drunk driver to stop and test, and they’ll arrest those who have had too much alcohol. Everyone, including hosts, local bars and restaurants, must be sure to promote designated sober drivers in advance, before the ‘Fiesta’ begins. Plan ahead with these common sense tips. Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins. Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks to the Designated Driver. Party hosts and servers must limit the number of drinks given to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two drinks over several hours. Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food. If you see dangerous driving, Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1. Avoid the 25 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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