DUI doesn't just mean booze

As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, the Redlands Police Department encourages the public to be responsible and safe over Independence Day weekend by not driving impaired.

Many Fourth of July events and shows have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but more restaurants and bars are now open, making it that much more important for Redlands police to keep the community safe.

July 4 falls on a Saturday this year, and to keep families safe, the department will have extra officers on patrol throughout the Independence Day weekend looking for drivers suspected of driving impaired.

Beginning at 8 p.m. July 3, until 2 a.m. Saturday, the Redlands Police Department will also hold a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the City of Redlands.

“We are all anxious to get out and return to some sense of normalcy,” said Redlands Police Cpl. Jeff Betty. “But that doesn’t excuse forgetting how to be safe on the road and driving impaired.”

The department reminds the public that impaired driving includes more than alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan stay home. If you are going to a bar or restaurant, designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening.

The department encourages the community to think of the safety of themselves and their families when enjoying the Independence Day holiday. Your actions save lives.

Funding for DUI enforcement was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Administration.