La­bor Day Shed­ule Sees Clo­sures, Pa­trols

The Oakdale Leader - - FRONT PAGE -

The tra­di­tional end of sum­mer, the long La­bor Day hol­i­day week­end, will bring with it some busi­ness clo­sures and a height­ened fo­cus on im­paired driv­ers.

Oak­dale city of­fices will be closed on Mon­day, Sept. 3 in ob­ser­vance of the La­bor Day hol­i­day; schools will be closed and there will be no mail de­liv­ery. All county and state of­fices are closed Mon­day as well. Busi­nesses have the op­tion of clos­ing.

Also, now through La­bor Day, the Oak­dale Police Depart­ment is par­tic­i­pat­ing in a high-vis­i­bil­ity na­tional en­force­ment cam­paign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Dur­ing this pe­riod, Police and Sher­iff’s De­part­ments statewide, along with the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol, will in­crease the num­ber of of­fi­cers on the road to stop sus­pected drunk or drug im­paired driv­ers and mo­tor­cy­clists. If you are caught driv­ing or rid­ing im­paired, you will be pulled over and ar­rested.

To avoid a DUI and putting oth­ers, and your­self, at risk, the Oak­dale Police Depart­ment has a few tips to stay safe on the roads, in­clud­ing: al­ways des­ig­nate a sober driver; use pub­lic trans­porta­tion or a ride shar­ing ser­vice to get home; take the keys away from an im­paired friend or fam­ily mem­ber and make ar­range­ments to get them home safely.

Mo­torists are also asked to be on the look­out and re­port drunk driv­ers by call­ing 911.

Fund­ing for this DUI op­er­a­tion is pro­vided to the Oak­dale Police Depart­ment by a grant from the Cal­i­for­nia Of­fice of Traf­fic Safety,

through the Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The Oak­dale Police Depart­ment will have a spe­cial em­pha­sis to en­force all traf­fic vi­o­la­tions by de­ploy­ing DUI Sat­u­ra­tion Pa­trols dur­ing this mo­bi­liza­tion pe­riod. The en­force­ment cam­paign runs through the La­bor Day hol­i­day week­end, which is one of the dead­li­est times of year in terms of al­co­holin­volved traf­fic deaths. The Oak­dale Police Depart­ment will show zero tol­er­ance for im­paired driv­ing or rid­ing and joins ef­forts by the Cal­i­for­nia Of­fice of Traf­fic Safety (OTS) to ed­u­cate driv­ers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take pre­scrip­tion drugs, par­tic­u­larly those with a driv­ing or oper­at­ing machin­ery warn­ing la­bel, you may be im­paired enough to get a DUI. Mar­i­juana can also be im­pair­ing and re­sult in a DUI, es­pe­cially in com­bi­na­tion with al­co­hol or other drugs.

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