Escondido Police Department Encourages Public to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend Responsibly


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   CONTACT: Lt. Scott Walters

DATE:  May 20, 2020                                                 PHONE: (760) 839-4901



This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, and as we slowly travel down the road to reopening, the Escondido 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, the Escondido 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.


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, the Escondido 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.

 Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.