Memorial Day weekend is meant to signal the beginning of summer,
not the end of your driving privilege
North Coastal Prevention Youth Coalition (NCPYC) teen prevention advocates participated with Oceanside Police Department (OPD) at a DUI checkpoint to thank sober drivers and urge the public to help prevent underage drinking this holiday weekend and throughout the summer.
Teens distributed ‘Lifesaver’ candy and information on social host ordinances and preventing underage drinking to drivers stopped and deemed sober.
The event took place on Sunday, May 29, 2011 from 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM near the intersections of El Camino Real and Oceanside Boulevard.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, in 2009 more than 700 people in the state were killed in a crash where the primary collision factor was driving under the influence of alcohol. During the 2010 Memorial Day Weekend, OPD issued 21 citations for driving under the influence (2011 results pending). Alcohol is the most abused drug by teens; 37% of high school juniors in the Tri-City area of Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista report drinking in the past 30 days (WestEd, CA Healthy Kids Survey 2009).