County launches 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' effort to stop DUI deaths, underage drinking

Posted at 9:30 AM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-29 15:42:57-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - As San Diegans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, local law enforcement officials are pushing an effort to prevent DUI-related injuries and deaths and curb underage drinking.

According to officials, the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative -- starting July 1 -- will include roving DUI patrols, checkpoints and stepped-up enforcement of social host/house party laws throughout San Diego County.

Officials said law enforcement officers "will be out stopping impaired drivers by targeting those who put lives in danger."

Officials added: "As you prepare to drive home from the festivities, keep in mind that impairment by alcohol or drugs can be deadly. Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), someone is killed in a drunk driving crash every 51 minutes. MADD also says 2 out of 3 people will be impacted by drunk driving in their lifetime.

The California Office of Traffic Safety reminds the public that a mobile app is available that rewards your designated driver during a night out.

The OTS' DDVIP app offers free non-alcoholic drinks and other free perks at local bars and restaurants for the person who is the designated driver in a group. The app also includes links to ride-sharing services.

The free app is available in the iOS App Store and Google Play store.