Sarah Richards, CommanderOffice of Community Outreach & Media Relations601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Fran CladerDirector of Communications(916) 843-3310
Calif. – This St. Patrick’s Day the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reminds
drivers to avoid taking chances and make the right decision to have a sober
ride home if their plans include alcohol.
Unfortunately, the party often ends with risky drunk drivers taking to
the streets and endangering countless lives.
plan on drinking alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day, do not rely on luck and designate
a sober driver, use a rideshare service, public transit or a taxi to ensure you
reach your destination safely,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said. “Not having a plan in place if your celebration
includes the use of alcohol can result in a crash, jail time, injuries, or even
on St. Patrick’s Day, CHP officers made 211 arrests for driving under the
influence (DUI). Tragically, that same
day, three people died, and 76 people were injured statewide as a result of DUI
to buckle up, avoid distractions while driving, and designate a sober driver if
your St. Patrick’s Day celebration includes alcohol. The financial impact of a DUI can be sobering
as attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates,
and car repairs can reach $15,000 or more in California.
joins with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in reminding motorists
that “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”
keep the roads safe, the CHP encourages the public to report impaired drivers
by calling 9-1-1. Be prepared to provide the public safety
dispatcher with a description of the vehicle, location, and the direction the
vehicle is traveling.
mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and
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