Officers from the San Bernardino Police Department will be out between the hours of 4 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

DUI saturation patrols will take place in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. Last year, the San Bernardino Police Department investigated 520 DUI collisions that have claimed 13 lives and resulted in another 244 injuries.

In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The San Bernardino Police Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

The San Bernardino Police Department encourages drivers to follow these tips to avoid a DUI:

• Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public

transportation – to get home.

• See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other

arrangements to find a sober way home.

• Report drunk drivers – Call 9-1-1.

• Hosting a party? Offer non-alcoholic drinks. Monitor who is drinking and how they are getting home.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

Funding for this DUI operation is provided to the San Bernardino Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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