Advisory - Upward trend in drugged driving fuels July 4th warnings for drivers
Multiple substances found in more than half of fatally injured drivers, including cannabis
WHAT: In preparation for enhanced impaired driving enforcement over 4th of July holiday, young drivers will suit up in one of Ford Motor Company's drugged and drunk driving suits (simulate being under the influence of marijuana and alcohol) and attempt to drive controlled courses. Leaders in law enforcement, insurance and traffic safety will be on hand to discuss the effects of impairment on a driver's ability to operate a vehicle safely and the consequences for drivers arrested for impaired driving.
WHERE: Parking Lot 31 - Corner of Verdugo Road and Mountain Street in Glendale (across form Glendale Community College)
WHEN: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - TWO OPPORTUNITIES:
4 a.m. – 7 a.m. - Early morning show opportunities for reporters to wear the suit and drive the course
10 a.m. – News conference regarding maximum enforcement effort during the 4thof July holiday targeting impaired drivers and growing issue of multiple substance impairment.
WHO: California Highway Patrol Asst. Chief Southern Division, Mark Garrett
Glendale Community College Police Chief Gary Montecuollo
Anita Lorz Villagrana, Community Relations & Traffic Safety, Auto Club of So Cal
Mark Sektnan- Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
Lieutenant Rafael Quintero, Traffic Division Commander
Visuals: Opportunity for reporters to suit up in the impaired driving suits and drive the course. Great visuals of students driving a course wearing the suit, DUI checkpoint trailer, Tipsy Tow truck, law enforcement vehicles and uniformed officers, infographics, interview opportunities with all speakers. Course vehicles fitted with GoPro cameras-footage available for media use.
Spanish speakers available for interviews.
Rachael DiCicco, Ford Motor Company. The Drugged and Drunk Driving Suits were designed as part of Ford's Driving Skills for Life program to provide education beyond basic driver's education courses.
Alex Ghazalpour of Vital Medical Services, which provides curb-side blood draws for law enforcement agencies, will be on hand to address the growing trend of multiple substances found in impaired drivers across the Southland.