Napa County’s Avoid the 9 DUI Task Force is stepping up enforcement next week for the Fourth of July holiday.
“The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays due to an increase in impaired-driving fatalities,” said Napa Police Sgt. Paul Paniagua. “Too many people die behind the wheel each year due to those who choose to drive after drinking, so our officers will be out in full force this Fourth of July showing zero tolerance for impaired drivers.”
The DUI Task Force plans to deploy special DUI Saturation Patrols on Tuesday and Wednesday each evening, he said.
On Tuesday, agencies will set up a DUI checkpoint between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. in the city of Napa. The location is not being disclosed in advance.
The California Highway Patrol will assign all available officers to the region's freeways, state highways and unincorporated roads beginning 6 p.m. Tuesday through midnight Wednesday.
Between Thursday and Saturday next week, extra DUI patrols will be assigned by police within the cities of Napa, American Canyon, St. Helena and Calistoga. Sheriff's deputies will staff extra DUI units in the unincorporated areas, officials said.
“The amount of alcohol that one can consume during a day-long party or celebration can drastically impair the motor skills needed to drive safely,” Paniagua said.
The Avoid the 9 DUI Task Force recommends these simple tips for a safe Fourth of July:
o Plan a safe way home before the fun begins
o Before drinking, designate a sober driver
o If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation
o If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911
Funding for the Avoid Campaign is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.