Redwood City police say they are out in force looking to stop and arrest impaired drivers this weekend – not just for alcohol, but also drugs including marijuana and prescription medication.
“Faced with more instances of DUID – Driving Under the Influence of Drugs – state and local officials are reiterating the message that ‘DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze,'” the department said.
Police began DUI Saturation Patrols on Thursday and will continue them through Tuesday, Jan. 2 in areas known for high rates of DUI collisions and arrests. The extra officer patrols are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or ‘DDVIP,’ free mobile app for Android or iPhone,” police said. “The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The app has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.”