King City Police
King City Police Department (KCPD)

KING CITY — King City Police Department wants to remind the public of the dangers of driving impaired and to celebrate the holiday season responsibly by not driving under the influence.

The holiday season can be a dangerous time for people on the roads. In December 2021 alone, 1,013 people were killed in the United States in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

From Dec. 13 through New Year’s Day, the King City Police Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The high-visibility 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.

“Impaired driving isn’t just dangerous, it’s illegal,” said King City Police Sgt. Anthony Shaw. “Let’s make this a joyful and safe holiday season for everyone on the road. This enforcement period allows us to get the message out that it is essential to act responsibly and plan a sober ride home.”

King City Police Department 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, according to Shaw. Marijuana, prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may also impair.

“Do your research and understand how certain drugs may affect your driving ability,” Shaw added.

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

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