San Diego Police Departments encourage safe driving on Cinco De Mayo

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Delicious Mexican cuisine and the musical pleasantries of Mariachi bands are often times overshadowed by drunk driving accidents on Cinco De Mayo.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo – like St. Patrick’s Day – is for many people an occasion to have a good time, including the consuming of alcoholic beverages.

The National City Police Department, along with many of San Diego’s regional Police Departments, will be looking to identify and stop suspected drunk drivers. Every traffic and patrol officer assigned to duty will be on heightened alert to prevent a senseless tragedy due to alcohol or drugs.

The NCPD suggests planning your night ahead of time. As you make your Cinco de Mayo plans, the California Office of Traffic Safety is offering a free mobile app – DDVIP – aimed at thanking the sober designated driver with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants. And for those without a DD – make a sober ride home your priority with the new SaferRide app from NHTSA.

SaferRide is the simplest possible way to get home safe and only has three self-explanatory buttons on its Home screen. A user can call from a list of available taxi services in the area, call a pre-programmed contact, or bring up a map of their current location.

Apple users can download the app from the iTunes store here and Andriod users can download the app from the Google Play store here.

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