SANTA MARIA, Calif. – The Santa Maria Police Department sent out a reminder to the public on Tuesday that beginning Wednesday, Dec. 14, additional officers will be on DUI patrol through New Year's Day.
The department said it would like to remind the public of the dangers of driving impaired and celebrate the holiday season responsibly by not driving under the influence.
This increased patrol is a part of the national campaign "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," with the goal of stopping suspected impaired drivers who put others at risk.
Officers will patrol for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The department said "Marijuana, prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may also impair."
SMPD said it 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.