Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

'DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze' Police Warn St. Patrick's Day Partiers

'DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze' Police Warn St. Patrick's Day Partiers

St. Patrick's Day falls on Saturday.

With an increase in impaired drivers expected throughout the state this weekend, state police will be conducting saturation patrols at each of the 23 barracks focusing on impaired, aggressive, and distracted driving.

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The Chandler Police Department is also getting involved for the holiday, conducting DUI checks as well as the Know Your Limit awareness program that educates the public on the effects alcohol has on the human body.

The Maryland Department of Transportation has joined efforts with law enforcement in Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. "If you drive impaired, you risk your life and the lives of others on the road", said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley. "By not drinking and driving, you can help yourself and the Colorado State Patrol by being a force for good within your community".

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Police recommend that people plan a safe way home before they start celebrating and designate a sober driver. Take that role seriously-your friends are relying on you!

- If you are hosting a party, serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.

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Traffic enforcement officers will be out in abundance this weekend keeping watch on California roadways to ensure that no St. Patrick's Day revelers put themselves or others at risk. Officials will also be on the lookout for drivers impaired by prescription drugs or marijuana, which can also result in a DUI. Another 148 motorists were arrested for driving while impaired.

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