SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The San Diego Sheriff's Department says they will be cracking down on drunk driving through the New Year by conducting extra patrols.
According to AAA, one in three Americans will be traveling this holiday season with more than 90% of them driving to their destination. The California Highway Patrol and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department will be working together to ensure that people get to where they need to go safely.
The CHP says that 4,320 people were arrested for DUI in San Diego County in 2014 and there were 1,121 DUI-related crashes. This past summer, eleven people were killed in DUI-related crashes. Four more were killed over the Christmas weekend.
For anyone who finds themselves in a situation where they are too intoxicated to drive, Sheriff's officials encourage people to take advantage of other options such as public transportation, ride sharing, taxis, designated drivers and Tipsy Tow.