VALLEJO – The Vallejo Police Department will be conducting DUI Patrols on November 25th, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. as a proactive measure to prevent drivers from driving while impaired. The Department will redeploy officers in a patrol capacity to assist with this effort.
“Safety is paramount, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Officer Kenny Trimble stated. “We are all in this together and want everyone to be as safe as possible when they are out. One way to do this is by not driving impaired.”
The Vallejo Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not only attributed to alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or operating heavy machinery, which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home. Driving sober is your safest bet.
Please know that the cost of risking your life and the well-being of others is not worth it! Drivers who’ve been arrested and charged with driving while under the influence can expect to incur penalties of at least $13,500.00. This cost includes fines, fees, license suspension, DUI classes and other expenses. Do not risk your own life and the well-being of others by being irresponsible. Drive safely and responsibly or don’t drive at all.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Department is also encouraging all residents and visitors to abide by the California Governor’s recent modified stay-at-home orders, which requires all non-essential activities to stop from 10pm-5am. This order applies to all counties in purple tier, including Solano County, and will be effective from 11/21/2020 through 12/21/2020.
For media inquiries, please contact Public Information Officer, Brittany K. Jackson by email at VallejoPolicePIO@cityofvallejo.net. or by phone at (707) 651-7147.