Huntington Beach

HBPD on lookout for DUIs

HUNTINGTON BEACH police are increasing enforcement against drunk driving (Shutterstock).

As the summer travel season wraps up, the Huntington Beach Police Department reminds drivers to be responsible and never drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs.“Whether traveling locally or taking a longer road trip to see friends and family, please have a game plan for how to get home safely,” Sergeant Mike Thomas said. “There is never a good excuse for driving after drinking or using drugs that impair.” \

The Huntington Beach Police Department asks residents to take the necessary
precautions to protect yourself and your family by buckling up, avoiding distractions
behind the wheel, following the speed limit, and not driving impaired.

To help keep our community safe, the Huntington Beach Police Department will have
additional officers on patrol from August 17 through Labor Day (September 5), looking for
drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The additional
efforts to prevent impaired driving are part of a national enforcement campaign, Drive
Sober or Get Pulled Over.

In 2020, 1,159 people were killed throughout the state in drunk driving-related crashes,
which accounted for 30 percent of all traffic deaths.

While drunk driving is a significant traffic safety problem, driving while impaired is not just
from alcohol. Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and marijuana may also
impair. If you plan on drinking or taking medications with a driving warning label, let
someone who is sober drive. If you see someone driving impaired, call 9-1-1.

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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