The La Mesa and Chula Vista police departments plan DUI saturation patrols throughout the St. Patrick’s Day weekend beginning Friday evening.
Both departments announced extra patrols from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. the next morning on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in the United States…heavily celebrated by most Americans with friendly pinches, bangers n’ mash, and green beer galore,” said La Mesa Police Chief Walt Vasquez. “Sadly, all this merry-making can lead to dangerous driving conditions as party-goers head
The Chula Vista Police Department noted that nationwide in 2016, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes during the holiday.
“Even one drink can be one too many,” the department said. “If you’re heading out for the Irish festivities, plan ahead and remember: ‘Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.'”
Officers from both departments will be looking for signs of impaired driving due to alcohol, marijuana or both.
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