Cinco de Mayo party? Designate a driver!

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(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

With the many Cinco de Mayo activities to enjoy in Southern California, it’s important to remember these safety tips before the celebrations begin (please share this page with your family and friends):

  • The easiest and best way to avoid getting a DUI is to never drive impaired by alcohol or drugs, even prescription drugs.
  • Plan ahead and designate a sober driver if you intend on drinking
  • Cab fare is much cheaper than a DUI, so before heading out for the night, program the number of a local cab company in your phone
  • If you’re hosting a party or having the family over for a celebration, be in tune with what and how much your guests drink
  • Opt for non-alcoholic drinks instead. If you check out OTS on Facebook (, you can find 12 delicious hand-crafted non-alcoholic recipes that are a part of the DDrink or designated driver drink program
  •  If you see someone on the road who you suspect is drunk, don’t hesitate, call 911. Be prepared to report a description of the vehicle and its direction of travel
  • A first offense DUI arrest can end up costing you $10,000, time off work, embarrassment and more.
  • If convicted of a first offense DUI or for driving under the influence of drugs (DUID):
    • Two points will be added to your driving record
    • Your license will be suspended for six months
    • Your vehicle may be impounded and you will have to pay storage fees
    • You may be eligible to drive using the Restricted License, after completing a mandatory 30 days of suspension, and then become eligible to reinstate your license, if you meet the reinstatement requirements
    • You might be sentenced to community services hours, which most people will have to take time off from work to complete
    • And if you opt for an attorney, that will cost you even more on top of your fines and fees
  • If you have any concerns that a friend or family member may have had too much to drink, don’t let them drive home
  • Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in California reached a historic low of 774 in 2010 and 2011
  • California far and away leads the nation in the number of sobriety checkpoints and special DUI patrols conducted annually.  If you’re caught, you will go to jail.
  • May’s DDrink is The Carrier- a refreshing and sweet, non-alcoholic treat made by Aiki Shirako from EOS Lounge in Santa Barbara. Visit for the recipe
  • Prohibition might be over, but if you are looking for a refreshing drink to cap off the day, try June’s DDrink, The Prohibition This delicious non-alcoholic beverage is made by Ferris Wehbe from the Next Door Lounge in Hollywood. To check out the recipe, all you have to do is pop over to
  • The Cucumber NoJito, July’s DDrink, a refreshing mint beverage made by Dale Dougherty from Firehouse No. 1 in San Jose. Visit to find out how to mix one up!
  • Tired of the summer heat? Refresh yourself with the DDrink of the month, the Basil Berry Fizz, made by Aaron Marnet from Cafeteria 15 L in Sacramento.  Check out to find out how to make this delicious concoction.
  • To find information on traffic, drunk and drugged driving statistics, visit and look in the “What’s New” section
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