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RPD reminds drivers to stay safe

Ridgecrest Police Department Nathan Lloyd–  As the summer travel season wraps up, The Ridgecrest Police Department (RPD)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, have a game plan for how to get home safely,” Sergeant N. Lloyd said. “There is never a good excuse for driving after drinking or using drugs that impair.”

RPD asks residents to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families by buckling up, avoiding distractions behind the wheel, following the speed limit, and not driving impaired.

To help keep our community safe, RPD will have additional officers on patrol from Aug. 16 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,  RPD will hold a DUI on September 1st from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city of Ridgecrest.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 13,384 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2021 — 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 911.

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.