State Office of Traffic Safety launches new designated driver app

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The statewide DUI Crackdown is in full force as the California Highway Patrol has extra sobriety checkpoints and patrols out for the holiday season.  In conjunction with the crackdown, the California Office of Traffic Safety has launched a new mobile app for designated drivers.

Officials confirm in 2012, during the Christmas and New Year’s weekends, 70 people died in Alcohol related crashes in California.  Now, the CHP DUI Crackdown is underway, and ends on January 1st.  The DDVIP app which was recently launched allows people to locate nearby bars and restaurants that offer rewards to designated drivers.

"People like to celebrate with Christmas parties and other family events and we just encourage people to choose a designated driver.  Nobody wants to have a tragedy around the holiday season.  It's okay to have a beverage, but don't drive.  Pick somebody else to call you home or call a taxi is our recommendation," said Lt. Commander Brett Fabbri of the CHP Garberville Office.