The California Highway Patrol warned Californians not to drink and drive Sunday on St. Patrick’s Day and announced extra patrols across the state.
“While the public makes plans to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the California Highway Patrol is preparing to keep the roadways free of impaired drivers so that everyone can safely enjoy the festivities,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley.
Extra patrols were planned for various times on St. Patrick’s Day by the CHP as well as numerous local law enforcement agencies. On Friday night, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department set up two DUI checkpoints.
Last year on St. Patrick’s Day, the CHP made 148 arrests statewide for driving under the influence, Stanley said.
“Tragically, that same day, three people were killed and 66 people were injured statewide as a result of DUI collisions,” Stanley said. “Don’t let a day of celebration turn into a day of tragedy. If you drive impaired, you risk your life and the lives of others on the road.”
Stanley urged people to plan ahead before a party begins by designating a sober driver or by making arrangements for a taxi or rideshare service.
St. Patrick’s Day is the national holiday of Ireland, honoring one of the nation’s three patron saints. Celebration of the holiday outside of Ireland is often associated with drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
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