While many St. Patrick’s Day revelers will be heading to bars Sunday, extra police units will be cracking down on drivers under the influence on highways and streets.
Glendora Police and the countywide Avoid the 100 anti-DUI task force will be deploying special units as part of its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over public safety campaign over the holiday weekend.
“Today we are giving fair warning to everyone traveling in Los Angeles County that our law enforcement officers will be out on patrol and if you are caught driving drunk, you will be arrested,” said Glendora Police Chief Rob Castro in a statement.
There will be DUI patrols and checkpoints in communities throughout Los Angeles County during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend. The DUI patrols and checkpoints are in addition to regularly scheduled officers.
The Monrovia Police Department participates in the Avoid the 100 task force and will be launching its own DUI saturation patrols on St. Patrick's Day weekend.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 700 people were killed nationwide in alcohol-related crashes during St. Patrick’s Day holidays from 2006 to 2010.
The Task Force is funded through a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration.