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Rialto PD Encourages Drivers to Go Safely

Aug 29, 2023 | Crime Prevention, General

Rialto, Calif. – As the summer travel season wraps up, Rialto Police Department reminds drivers to stay
safe and be responsible by never driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“The community’s well-being is our top priority, so we’re asking that if you know you’ll be out drinking
to have a game plan for how to get home safely,” Chief Mark P. Kling of Rialto Police Department said.
“There is never a good excuse for driving after drinking or using drugs that impair.”

Rialto Police Department asks residents to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your
family by buckling up, avoiding distractions behind the wheel, following the speed limit, and not driving

To help keep our community safe, the Rialto Police Department will have additional officers on patrol
through Labor Day (Sept. 4) looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol
and/or drugs. The additional efforts to prevent impaired driving are part of a national enforcement
campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

In addition to patrols, Rialto Police Department will hold three DUI Checkpoints at an undisclosed
location within the city of Rialto.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 13,384 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2021 — that’s one person every 39 minutes.

While drunk driving is a significant traffic safety problem, driving while impaired is not just from
alcohol. Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and cannabis products may also impair. If you
plan on drinking or taking medications with a driving warning label, let someone who is sober drive. If
you see someone driving impaired, call 9-1-1.

Share your thoughts about impaired driving by participating in the Go Safely Movement, a call-to-action
traffic safety survey from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Take the survey at

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

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