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Friends don’t let friends drive drunk this St. Patrick’s Day
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Friends don’t let friends drive drunk this St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a popular night out to socialize with friends, family and coworkers.  However, with so many local establishments promoting alcohol sales or special promotional events, far too many drunk drivers head out onto streets, making it dangerous for all.

As a counter measure to all the ‘green beer’ on sale St Patty’s Day, the Avoid the 6 DUI Task Force will deploy additional DUI Roving Saturation Patrols into the cities of South Lake Tahoe and Placerville March 17 in our ongoing campaign to take careless, dangerous drunk or “buzzed” drivers off the road before they crash.

“Whether you are meeting a few friends at the local pub after work or going to the casinos, if you plan on drinking, never drive while impaired – and never let your friends drive if you think they are impaired.  Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk,” said Sgt Shannon Laney.

The extra Avoid DUI Saturation patrols will be supplementing regularly scheduled shift deployments planned for Thursday.  The specialized DUI Officers will be focusing in areas with high incidents of DUI collisions and arrests.

Recommendions for a safe St. Patrick’s Day are:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
  • Before drinking,  designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
  •  If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to Call 911;
  • And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

“Driving buzzed or drunk is simply not worth the risk,” said Sgt Shannon Laney. “Don’t depend on dumb luck this St. Patrick’s Day. Give up your keys – designate your sober driver before the party begins.”

The Avoid the 6 DUI Campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The coalition’s next DUI Campaigns are set for Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day Weekend.

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