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SD Sheriff's office has a message for July 4th drunk drivers

Driving under the influence doesn't just mean booze. It also means driving under the influence of prescription drugs or marijuana. 
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Sheriff San Diego County

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our country's independence. It's also a time when some people will make a bad decision and get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department will be conducting increased DUI patrols across the county on Wednesday, July 4th to make sure impaired drivers don't put others in danger. 

The Sheriff's Department arrested five people for DUI on the Fourth of July in 2017. In 2016, deputies arrested six people during the same period. 

"There's no excuse for impaired driving," said Sheriff Bill Gore. "Have a safe Fourth of July and don't drink and drive."

Driving under the influence doesn't just mean booze. It also means driving under the influence of prescription drugs or marijuana. 

If you do drink, be sure to have a designated driver, ride-sharing service or a taxi ready. 

Here are some sober rider options for the Fourth of July:

MTS (Bus and Trolley)

NCTD (Bus and Coaster/Sprinter)

Driving Under The Influence, It's Just Not Worth It. Watch our public safety video on the high price of drinking and driving.

This Fourth of July, be aware of San Diego County's "Social Host" ordinance. Anyone caught serving alcohol to a minor will be arrested and booked into jail. You can report underage drinking to the Sheriff's Department by calling our non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200.

You can also learn more about your responsibility as a "Social Host" by clicking HERE.

Celebrate the Fourth of July by doing the responsible thing: DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER.

Funding for the Fourth of July DUI patrols is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).