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The city of Palmdale is encouraging residents to turn on their headlights today as part of the Lights for Life campaign that remembers those killed or injured by drunk or otherwise impaired drivers.

With December serving as National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month, city officials want residents to help raise awareness of these preventable tragedies which tend to increase during the holiday season.

“Lights for Life is a simple way to honor and recognize those who have been killed or injured by drunk or impaired drivers,” said Kery German, Palmdale crime prevention specialist. “By driving with your headlights on, you will be taking a stand against drunk driving.”

Throughout the holiday season, the Palmdale Sheriff’s station will be patrolling the streets in increased numbers to conduct random DUI checkpoints in an attempt to curtail impaired driving.

“If you drive after drinking or using drugs, you will be caught, arrested and prosecuted,” said Ruth Oschmann, Palmdale crime prevention specialist. “Not only is this an embarrassing situation, but also expensive. The cost of your defense and potential fines can be thousands of dollars. There is also the potential loss of your car or, worse yet, take another person’s life.”

For more details about the 3D Month campaign, call (661) 267-5170.