Saida Maalin | Contributor
It’s no secret that during many holidays lives are lost to drunk driving incidents. July 4th is this weekend and this year in addition to COVID, there are also the usual concerns related to drinking and driving.
The San Bernardino Police Department (SBPD) recommends to anyone celebrating Independence Day weekend, to stay safe and be responsible by not driving under the influence.
The pandemic has caused many counties to cancel events and implement guidelines at local beaches to minimize the spread of the virus.
“We are all anxious to get out and return to some sense of normalcy,” Sergeant Jeff Harvey said. “But, that doesn’t excuse forgetting how to be safe on the road by driving impaired.”
Additional officers were assigned to patrol the city and arrest people drinking and driving beginning July 2nd and throughout the holiday weekend.
Driving under the influence isn’t limited to just alcohol, being under the influence of prescription medication and other illegal drugs can impair your judgement and cloud your vision. Putting the safety of citizens and yourself in danger can lead to severe consequences, including death.
Follow your doctor’s advice and don’t operate any motor vehicles while under the influence of prescribed medication. It is also important to note, medical marijuana is illegal when driving under the influence of the drug.
If you plan to enjoy Independence Day weekend SBPD encourages you to do it safely. It is recommended if you plan on drinking or taking medication, to have a designated driver or stay home.