NATIONAL CITY (CNS) - Drivers planning to take to the roads over the next two holiday weekends were warned Tuesday to "drive sober, or get pulled over."
A national holiday crackdown aimed at actively searching and arresting drunken drivers. will run until Jan. 3. Police, sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers will deploy DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the county.
"We've got to work together to make our roads safer this December and year-round," National City police Sgt. Jeffrey Meeks said.
In 2013, more than 10,000 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a drunken driver.
In a recent study, more drivers tested positive for drugs that impair driving than did for alcohol -- 14 percent vs. 7.3 percent.
Police advised drivers to download the Designated Driver VIP mobile app from the state Office of Traffic Safety, which uses location services to list bars and restaurants that give a kickback to thank designated drivers for planning ahead. App users can also order a ride service from Uber, Lyft or Curb through the app.
Drivers caught drinking and driving can face jail time, fines, loss of their license and other DUI expenses which add up to $10,000 on average, according to police.