Salinas Police Department Encourages Public to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend Responsibly

Release Date/Time: 5/21/2020 11:37 AM
Incident:Salinas Police Department Encourages Public to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend Responsibly
Date: Memorial Day Weekend
Location:City of Salinas

Salinas Police Department Encourages Public to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend Responsibly

This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, and as we slowly travel down the road to reopening, the Salinas Police Department encourages everyone to listen to advice from public health officials and be responsible during these trying times.To help protect you and your family, Salinas Police Department will have officers on patrol over the Memorial Day Weekend looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

'This Memorial Day weekend will be much different than years before due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Public Information Officer, Miguel Cabrera said. 'But when it comes to protecting your family and getting around, it doesn't mean we have to get complacent. If you plan on drinking, stay at home.”

Pandemic or no pandemic, it is never okay to drive under the influence of alcohol. Remember, a DUI does not just mean alcohol: some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or 'operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

While the state is relaxing stay-at-home orders, Salinas Police Department advises the public to avoid large gatherings for Memorial Day Weekend and practice physical distancing measures, when feasible, by staying at least six feet away from others.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Question of the Day

Can I drink alcohol while walking down a City street in Salinas?

No, it is illegal to drink any beverage that contains alcohol while on public property. The Salinas Municipal Code Section (21-2)  states that, "No person shall drink any beer, wine or other intoxicating beverage on any public street, sidewalk, alley, highway, plaza parkway, parking lot, airport terminal, or bus or train depot in the City...

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