Whether it is meeting with a small group of friends or holding a virtual get together, the Redlands Police Department encourages the public to celebrate the holiday responsibly by designating a sober driver.

On Cinco de Mayo, Redlands police will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“Don’t ruin the celebrations by putting yourself and others at risk and driving impaired,” said Traffic Unit Supervisor Sgt. Jeremy Floyd. “If you’re planning on drinking, plan on getting a sober ride home.”

The Redlands Police Department also reminds the public that in addition to alcohol, drugs may also impair, including marijuana. Always be sure to check your medications and avoid driving after use if there is a “do not operate heavy machinery,” “may cause drowsiness” or other warning label.

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for the 5th of May) commemorates the Mexican Army's victory over the French empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862

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