Local Police Crack Down on St. Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving

The Los Angeles County Avoid the 100 will beef up DUI patrols in cities throughout the county.

St. Patrick’s Day may be a day when everyone is Irish, but local law enforcement agencies are reminding drivers that police will be on the lookout to nab drunk drivers this weekend.

Los Angeles County’s Avoid the 100 DUI Campaign will be deploying additional officers on overtime for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. DUI patrol officers will be focusing on determined drunk driver hotspots during the Saint Patrick’s Day enforcement period from 6 p.m., March 16 to 6 a.m. March 18.

DUI saturation patrols will be conducted in Glendora, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont, Covina, Azusa, Irwindale, Glendale, Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, San Fernando, Burbank, Baldwin Park, Arcadia, West Covina, Baldwin Park, Monrovia, El Monte, Sierra Madre, San Gabriel, Monterey Park, Downey, Alhambra, Montebello, Bell Gardens and Whittier.  The campaign will also be joined by LAPD, CHP  and the Sheriff’s Department. 

Police, sheriff and CHP officers will have “zero tolerance” for those who fail to use designated drivers.

According to Glendora Police Chief Rob Castro, while St. Patrick’s Day is revered as a saint’s holiday, it has become infamous for another distinction.

 “Too many people are driving drunk and killing or maiming themselves and others on the road as a result,” said Glendora Police Chief Rob Castro in a statement, warning St. Paddy’s Day revelers that even a few drinks, or feeling "buzzed,” can cause a major and serious accident.

Last year during the St. Patrick’s Day period, three people were killed and 96 seriously injured in traffic car crashes across California involving at least one driver with a BAC of .08 percent or higher, according to statistics compiled by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The campaign offers the following advice for observing St. Patrick’s Day festivities:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin and designate a sober driver.
  • Report drunk drivers by calling 911
  •  Take keys away from anyone attempting to drive home impaired and help them make arrangements to get home safely.

The Avoid the 100 DUI Campaign is funded through a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Bill C. March 17, 2012 at 01:38 AM
By the way the cops are paid with a grant, it doesn't cost the. city a thing. The PD has suffered layoffs as well, I don't know any city department that's immune. How long ago was this home invasion, haven't heard of any in town in a long while?
carolyn March 17, 2012 at 02:04 AM
You don't put some houses out there that have been invaded,,,,especially if the homes belong to private people...of certain Jobs....Sad the police have layoffs...we need them ...States and city goverments are letting the wrong jobs go ...People are evil these days...harming elders and young especially...teens hurting each other...sad sad sad...In my 70's now this is the worst I have seen in yrs. God Bless us all...
CK March 17, 2012 at 06:49 AM
If you are scared of getting robbed, get a dog. The police will tell you even a small one that barks when someone comes to the are 99% effective. and for $10 you can take a cab anywhere in town. driving after even 2 drinks is for losers and politicians...
CK March 17, 2012 at 06:50 AM
this dog in my picture doesn't just trip out from eating frogs in the desert, she will let me know when someone is at my house before they close their car door.
carolyn March 17, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I love dogs ..nice thought I am not always home...I want care for the dog and can not afford to have others watch while I am gone from my home...does not matter now days gone 3 hours or 3 days ..the burglars will still get in...dog or no dog...its a fact...Thank you or the tip God Bless you


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