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) remains on alert for impaired drivers, and CHP joins with the
California Office of Traffic Safety in reminding drivers to travel safely.
“The CHP is
committed to making California’s roadways safe for all who use them.” said CHP
Commissioner Amanda Ray. “Remember to
buckle up, slow down, don’t drive distracted, and never drive impaired. If you chose to celebrate, please do so
responsibly by designating a sober driver or making other arrangements to get
The CHP wants everyone to remember
safe driving rules have not changed and that officers will be on the lookout
for impaired driving. The CHP also
cautions drivers that alcohol is not the only substance that can lead to an
arrest for driving under the influence.
Cannabis, prescription medications, and illegal drugs can all lead to
Throughout the country, the
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in
2020, 327 fatal alcohol-related crashes occurred on St. Patrick's Day. Drunk driving accounts for nearly one-third
of vehicle related fatalities in the United States, NHTSA data shows.
In California, the CHP made 67
arrests for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol on St. Patrick’s
Day last year. Data from the CHP’s
Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System shows alcohol- or drug-related
crashes resulted in injuries to 31 people.
“Think of your safety and that of
others before deciding whether it is safe for you to drive,” Office of Traffic
Safety Director Barbara Rooney said. “We
urge all drivers to make getting home safely part of your celebratory plans.”
The public can help keep California
roadways safe by calling 9-1-1 if they suspect an impaired driver. Callers should be prepared to give the
vehicle’s description, location, license plate number, and direction of travel.
mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and
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