San Diego County CA— Don’t press your luck by drinking and driving on St. Patrick’s Day. Watch for increased DUI patrols by Sheriff’s Deputies across the county on Friday, March 17th starting at 6:00 p.m. and lasting through 3:00 a.m. the following day. There will also be a DUI checkpoint the same night in Encinitas.
St. Patrick’s Day has become a dangerous time because of people who decide to drink and drive.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports more than 10,000 people are killed each year by impaired driving in
the United States.
Sadly, every single one of these deaths is preventable.
The Sheriff’s Department is committed to keeping San Diego’s roadways safe from impaired drivers. If you get caught drinking and driving, you will go to jail.
During St. Patrick’s Day 2016, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested six people on suspicion of DUI. The Sheriff’s Department arrested a total of 1,365 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in 2016.
“Don’t drink and drive on St. Patrick’s Day” said Sheriff Bill Gore. “If you get caught, you will go to jail. Remember: BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING.”
Funding for the St. Patrick’s Day DUI patrols/checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).