ABC Agents will be out the 4th of July weekend to help keep people safe
ABC joins the California Office of Traffic Safety with the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign
Sacramento, Calif. – The 4th of July holiday is a time to enjoy fireworks and show country pride but is also traditionally one of the more dangerous times on the road.
To keep families safe this Independence Day, California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Agents will be out checking on licensed premises, large parties and community events and doing what they can to help keep the public safe. ABC joins Police Departments around the State with increased enforcement focused on reducing or preventing impaired driving during the 4th of July holiday weekend.
According to preliminary data from the California Highway Patrol, seven people were killed and 73 injured in alcohol-related crashes statewide on the fourth of July last year. Every deadly crash involved a driver who had been drinking.
If you are headed to 4th of July parties, designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you are hosting a party, offer nonalcoholic drinks for designated sober drivers and monitor who is drinking. See people leaving who have been drinking? Check how they are getting home. Offer to let them stay the night if a sober driver is not available to take them home.
“With the rise in ride-share options, there really is no excuse for driving impaired,” said ABC Director Jacob Appelsmith.
The average cost of a DUI arrest is approximately $13,500, accounting for vehicle impound fees, fines, attorney fees, auto insurance hikes and other penalties.
Funding for ABC enforcement was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
ABC protects communities through education and by administering prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws. ABC licensees and their employees are encouraged to take ABC’s free four-hour LEAD training classes. LEAD stands for Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs. To learn more about ABC programs that help protect communities, prevent alcohol-related harm and save lives visit our Prevention and Education web pages.