More police on streets for Cinco de Mayo

MHPD cautions residents to celebrate responsibly

With the upcoming Cinco de Mayo holiday promising to bring alcohol-driven revelry to public places, Morgan Hill police will post additional officers on the streets that evening to combat drunken driving.

MHPD said in a press release that Cinco de Mayo is a “reminder to the public to celebrate responsibly and not drive impaired.”

From 10pm to 3am May 5, Morgan Hill police will have additional officers on patrol throughout the city, ready to stop and arrest drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“We understand the importance of this day to many people, but it does not give you an excuse to drink and drive,” Morgan Hill Police Sgt. Ray Ramos said. “There are many options to get home safely that don’t involve you driving.”

MHPD urges everyone to plan ahead and use a designated sober driver, ride-share or public transportation, reads an April 27 press release. Police also wanted to remind everyone that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana can all be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

Funding for Cinco de Mayo DUI enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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