News Release, Police Department

Make this a Holiday Season to Remember: Celebrate Responsibly with a "Go Safely" Game Plan

December 8, 2023


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sgt. Mike Matthews,, (510) 293-3329

    December 8, 2023

Make This a Holiday Season to Remember: Celebrate Responsibly with a "Go Safely" Game Plan

National “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Enforcement Campaign Begins Dec. 13

Hayward, Calif. – The holiday season can be a dangerous time for people on the roads. In December 2021 alone, 1,013 people were killed in the U.S. in alcohol- impaired-driving crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Hayward Police Department wants to remind the public of the dangers of driving impaired and celebrate the holiday season responsibly by not driving under the influence.

From December 13 through New Year’s Day, the Hayward Police Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The high-visibility enforcement effort is part of a national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, with the goal of stopping suspected impaired drivers who put others on the road at risk.

“Impaired driving isn’t just dangerous, it’s illegal,” Sgt. Mike Matthews said. “Let’s make this a joyful and safe holiday season for everyone on the road. This enforcement period allows us to get the message out that it is essential to act responsibly and plan a sober ride home.”

The Hayward Police Department encourages everyone to stay in for the night or have a “go safely” game plan by scheduling a ride or designating a sober driver if you plan to consume alcohol.

Impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Marijuana, prescription medications or over- the-counter drugs may also impair. Do your research and understand how certain drugs may affect your driving ability.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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