HomeFeatured NewsSusanville PD Increases Patrols Thru Labor Day to Deter Impaired DrivingSusanville PD Increases Patrols Thru Labor Day to Deter Impaired DrivingThu, August 24, 2023SHARE NOW The Susanville Police Department is taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of the community as the summer travel season wraps up.Extra law enforcement personnel will be actively conducting patrols until Labor Day (September 4th) with the aim of identifying drivers who are believed to be operating their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or substances. This increased initiative to deter impaired driving constitutes a contribution to a nationwide enforcement initiative known as “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over.”The department emphasizes that Impaired driving is a serious issue that poses a significant risk to everyone on the road.The statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are sobering and highlight the tragic consequences of drunk-driving crashes. According to the Administration, over 13,000 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2021 — the equivalent of one person every 39 minutes.It’s important for everyone to understand that impairment is not limited to alcohol alone. Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and cannabis products can also impair your ability to drive safely.You are encouraged to buckle up, avoid distractions, follow the speed limit, and not drive impaired to promote responsible driving behavior.The Go Safely Movement, through a traffic safety survey from the California Office of Traffic Safety, aims to gather insights and raise awareness about the importance of responsible driving habits. You can take the survey at gosafelyca.org.Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.