cinco de Mayo (Photo credit: deborah is lola)
As with other holidays throughout the year when we gather at parties and festivals to celebrate with friends and family, we must put safety first on Cinco de Mayo by not taking the wheel if we’ve been drinking. To help remind us not to drink and drive, the Orange County “Avoid the 38” DUI Task Force will be conducting DUI saturation patrols over the weekend in several OC cities.
“Cinco de Mayo has unfortunately become one of the most dangerous days of the year, all because of drunk driving,” said Deputy Shane Stewart of the Orange County Sheriff Department’s Traffic Bureau.
Throughout Orange County, alcohol was a contributing factor to 1,854 of the 19,462 crashes that resulted in injury or death in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Some of the worst cities for drunk driving in the county include Anaheim, Costa Mesa, and Huntington Beach. Across California, the three deadliest holidays were New Years, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.
Stay safe this Cinco de Mayo by designating a sober driver, calling a taxi, or using public transportation if you plan on drinking. Help prevent tragedy on our roads by reporting drunk drivers and taking keys away from friends who’ve been drinking.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish you a fun and safe Cinco de Mayo.
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