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Fresno Police Intensify Efforts Against Impaired Driving
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By Anya Ellis, Berkeley Correspondent
Published 3 weeks ago on
June 28, 2024

Fresno police are ramping up efforts against impaired driving, including substances beyond alcohol, cautioning residents to follow medication guidelines and avoid driving under the influence of marijuana. (Shutterstock)

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The Fresno Police Department is stepping up efforts to combat impaired driving, with targeted patrols planned for Saturday, June 29 from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Police remind the public that impaired driving includes not just alcohol but also certain prescription and over-the-counter medications. Thus, it’s crucial to follow usage instructions and heed  driving warnings on labels.

While marijuana use is legal, driving under its influence is not.

DUI (gosafelyca.org)

First-time DUI offenders face average fines and penalties of $13,500, plus possible license suspension.

The program to target impaired driving is provided via a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Residents are urged to report suspected impaired drivers and prioritize road safety.

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Anya Ellis,
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Anya Ellis began working for GV Wire in July 2023. The daughter of journalists, Anya is a Fresno native and Buchanan High School graduate. She is currently at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in film and media studies and minoring in creative writing. She plans to pursue her masters in screenwriting after graduating. You can contact Anya at anya.ellis@gvwire.com.

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