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BPD upping efforts addressing impaired driving

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Posted at 2:05 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 17:07:57-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department will have additional officers on patrol starting Friday, August 21 through Labor Day weekend (September 7) looking for suspected impaired drivers.

The increased efforts to address impaired driving are part of a national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

"The dangers of drinking and driving are very real, please be responsible and think of your family and friends before considering driving when you are not in a position to do so safely", said Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Terry.

According to police, while fewer people are traveling, impaired driving continues to be a problem. During the 4th of July holiday, California Law Enforcement agencies made over 700 arrests for DUI during a 54-hour period.

Driving while impaired is illegal, whether it is alcohol, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, or marijuana.

Bakersfield police reminds everyone to drive safely and report impaired drivers. If you plan on drinking alcohol or taking medications with a, "may cause drowsiness" or other driving warning label, plan on staying home. If you see someone driving impaired, call 911.

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