This holiday season, the Madera Police Department wants to remind the public about the importance of being safe and sober when you are driving.
While the COVID-19 pandemic is changing how we celebrate the holidays, our officers are dedicated to keeping the public safe and urge people to stay at home or use a designated sober driver if you plan to drink.
Starting Dec. 23 and through New Year’s Day, the Madera Police Department will have officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The enforcement effort is part of a national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, intended to show zero tolerance for drunk driving and keep roads safe.
“This past year has been challenging and difficult for everyone,” Sergeant Randy Williams said. “No one wants to see more tragedy and heartbreak on our streets. Please make the right choice by not driving impaired so everyone can have a safe holiday.”
The police department reminds everyone that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs. Do your research and understand how certain drugs you are taking may affect your driving ability.
Due to COVID-19, the State of California is asking residents to avoid large gatherings for the holidays to mitigate the virus’s spread.
This program’s funding is provided by a California Office of Traffic Safety grant through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.