While the COVID-19 pandemic is changing how we celebrate the holidays, the Newport Beach Police Department is dedicated to keeping the public safe and urges people to stay at home or use a designated sober driver if you plan to drink.
the Newport Beach Police Department will have officers on patrol now through New Year’s Eve looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
The enforcement effort is part of a national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, intended to show zero tolerance for drunk driving and keep roads safe.
“This year has been challenging and difficult on all of us,” NBPD Lt. Damon Psaros said. “The last thing we need is more heartbreak and tragedy. Make the right choice by not driving impaired so everyone can have a safe holiday.”
The Newport Beach Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs. Do your research and understand how certain drugs you are taking may affect your driving ability.
Due to COVID-19, the state of California is asking residents to avoid large gatherings for the holidays to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.