Law enforcement authorities will be ramping up patrol operations in an attempt to stop DUI offenses across Riverside County over the holiday season.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will have additional officers on patrol beginning Wednesday and continuing hrough Jan. 1 in an attempt to decrease DUI crashes during the holidays. The increased effort is part of a larger national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Officials warned that DUI can be caused by more than just alcohol — marijuana and prescription or over-the-counter drugs can also impair individuals while driving. Authorities urged people to read warning labels on drugs before operating a vehicle.

“When it comes to consuming drugs or alcohol and driving, there is a right and wrong choice,” according to the sheriff’s department. “Make the right choice by not driving impaired so everyone is able to enjoy the holidays.”

Funding for the program was provided through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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