Authorities Warn Southlanders Not to Drink and Drive on St. Patrick's Day

don't drink and drive on St. Patrick's day

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Authorities today warned Southlanders not to drink and drive on St. Patrick's Day this Sunday.

“While the public makes plans to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, the California Highway Patrol is preparing to keep the roadways free of impaired drivers so that everyone can safely enjoy the festivities,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley.

Extra patrols were planned for various times on St. Patrick's Day by the CHP and numerous local law enforcement organizations.

Last year on St. Patrick's Day, the CHP made 148 arrests statewide for driving under the influence, Stanley said.

“Tragically, that same day, three people were killed and 66 people were injured statewide as a result of DUI collisions,” Stanley said. “Don't let a day of celebration turn into a day of tragedy. If you drive impaired, you risk your life and the lives of others on the road.”

Stanley urged people to plan ahead before a party begins by designating a sober driver or by making arrangements for a taxi or ride-hailing service.

Other safety tips:

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

-- Stop serving alcohol a few hours before the end of the party.

-- If you see friends too drunk to drive, take their keys and call them a cab or ride-share, or give them a ride home.

-- And if you see a suspected impaired driver, call 9-1-1.

“Your phone call may save someone's life,” Stanley said.

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