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BPD announces Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign

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The Bakersfield Police Department announced on Thursday its participation in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign beginning Aug. 17.

BPD is just one of the law enforcement agencies in California participating in the high-visibility national enforcement campaign. Police departments and sheriff's offices statewide and the California Highway Patrol will join in the effort to increase the number of officers on the road to stop suspected impaired drivers and motorcyclists.

Part of the BPD plan is to deploy DUI Saturation Patrols on the remaining summer weekends as part of the campaign.

The department will also be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoints on Aug. 18 and Aug. 28.

"It’s up to drivers to make the smart decision and drive sober, not just for this enforcement period, but every day,” said Chief of Police, Lyle D. Martin. “This isn’t about ticketing. This is a campaign to get the message out that driving impaired is illegal and takes lives.”

The enforcement campaign will run through the Labor Day holiday weekend, one of the deadliest times of year in regard to alcohol-involved traffic deaths, according to the BPD.

To avoid a DUI and putting others, and yourself, at risk, BPD offers a few tips to stay safe on the roads:

  • Always designate a sober driver.
  • Use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home.
  • Have a friend or family member who is about to drive buzzed or impaired? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely.
  • Report drunk drivers - call 911.
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