Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over - Designate a driver for St. Patrick’s Day
PARTIERS BEWARE: The Avoid the 6 Your County DUI Task Force is Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers. The Avoid the 6 El Dorado County DUI Task Force will be deploying five extra roving DUI patrols this St. Patrick’s Day in several communities throughout the area, looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs. These DUI patrols are, in addition to regularly scheduled patrol officers, all looking for the tell-tale signs of an impaired driver behind the wheel.
“Everyone can have a great time celebrating St. Patrick's Day, but getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol often ends in tragedy," said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc. “It's important for everyone celebrating St. Patrick's Day to make arrangements ahead of time for a non-drinking, designated driver or for other means of safe transportation."
With a theme of "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving," law enforcement agencies across the state are intensify patrols and check points dedicated to removing impaired drivers from the roads. More than 269 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during the St. Patrick's Day holiday from 2007 to 2011. Those fatalities were preventable.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recommend the following steps for a safe St. Patrick's Day:
· Before the partying starts, plan a safe way to get home.
· If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
· Use your community’s sober rides program;
· If you observe a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement agency. You could save a life.
The Task Force is funded through a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.