SPD says national ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ enforcement campaign begins today

The Susanville Police Department reminds the public of the dangers of driving impaired and urges the community to celebrate the holiday season responsibly by not driving under the influence.

According to a statement from the SPD, the SPD will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs now through New Years Day. The extra enforcement effort is part of a national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, with the goal of stopping suspected impaired drivers who put others on the road at risk.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11,654 people were killed in car crashes nationwide in 2020 that involved an alcohol- impaired driver, or one person every 45 minutes.

The SPD encourages everyone to stay in for the night or have a “go safely” game plan by scheduling a ride or designating a sober driver if you plan to consume alcohol.

Impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Marijuana, prescription medications or over- the-counter drugs may also impair. Do your research and understand how certain drugs may affect your driving ability.

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