DUI Saturation Patrols for September 7, 2020 20-094


The San Francisco Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be conducting DUI saturation
patrols this Monday, September 7th, 2020, between the hours of 7:00 P.M. and 3:00 A.M.
Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20
percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. When possible,
specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired
driving. Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or
more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for
drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs,
marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time,
fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the
embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this saturation is provided to the San Francisco Police Department by a grant
from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1’.

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