First published in the Dec. 17 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.
This holiday season, the South Pasadena Police Department reminds the public to celebrate responsibly by not driving under the influence.
The SPPD is committed to keeping the community safe and encourages drivers to stay in for the night, or use a designated sober driver, if they have alcohol, marijuana, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs in their system that may impair their ability to operate a vehicle.
From now through New Year’s Day, the SPPD has additional officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence. The extra enforcement effort is part of a national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Do your research and understand how certain drugs affect your driving ability.
“When it comes to consuming drugs and/or alcohol and driving, there is a right and wrong choice,” Lt. Shannon Robledo said. “Make the right choice by not driving impaired so everyone is able to enjoy the holidays.”
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.