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Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station to have additional deputies looking for drunk drivers during Fourth of July holiday

The Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station is reminding drivers to prioritize the safety of everyone on the road this Fourth of July by planning ahead and celebrating the holiday responsibly.

From Monday, July 1 through Sunday, July 7, the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station will have additional deputies on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in the cities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, and Wildomar.

In 2022, 487 people were killed in crashes throughout the country during the Fourth of July holiday period. Of those deadly crashes, 40% involved alcohol. In California, 68 people were killed in crashes during last year’s Independence Day holiday period. In addition, California Highway Patrol officers made nearly 1,224 arrests for driving under the influence – an average of one DUI arrest every five minutes.

“Choosing a sober driver is not just about following the law; it’s about saving lives,” Deputy Kevin Keyser said. “If you plan on celebrating the Fourth of July with a drink, we want you to make a plan to go safely with a sober ride home. Think of your loved ones, friends, and family before getting behind the wheel.”

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

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