If you’re looking forward to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a couple of green beers or ‘a wee dram of whiskey’ to mark the day, you might want to consider that law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for those who drink and drive
According to a story appearing on the My News LA website on Tuesday, California Law Enforcement Agencies will be extra vigilant for those who choose to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
California Highway Patrol Commissioner Amanda Ray said in a statement,
“If you plan on drinking alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day, do not rely on luck. Use a ride share service, public transit, or a taxi to ensure you reach your destination safely,” Commissioner Ray said. “Not having a plan in place if your plan includes the use of alcohol can result in a crash, jail time, injuries, or even death.”
According to state officials, three people were killed, and 76 others were injured on St. Patrick’s Day in 2021 across the state. CHP records indicate that there were a total of 221 arrests of drivers suspected of DUI last year.
In 2020, 31 people were injured because of motorists who drove while intoxicated. No fatalities were reported on that day in 2020, mainly due to many businesses that served alcohol being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.