ABC Encourages the Public to Celebrate Memorial Day Safely

SACRAMENTO — The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is encouraging the public to designate a sober driver or utilize a rideshare/taxi service before participating in any celebrations where alcohol is involved this Memorial Day weekend. The department is also asking ABC licensed establishments to carefully monitor alcohol service to the public.

“Improving safety is always our No.1 goal,” said ABC Director Joseph McCullough. “In addition to the work ABC agents will be doing over the holiday weekend, we can all do our part in keeping everyone safe by planning to take alternative transportation or designate a sober driver to get home safely following celebrations involving alcohol.”


ABC agents will be out working in communities to help increase public safety. ABC licensees can also help keep communities safe by checking IDs and ensuring customers are not over-served.

Memorial Day is when we honor all the military service members who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our country. The weekend is also a time when many people graduate from high school and college, and it marks the unofficial start to the summer vacation season.

Memorial Day enforcement efforts are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Remember to report drunk drivers by calling 911.