CHP Patrols Highways for Drunk Drivers on St. Patrick’s Day 2022

CHP Patrols Highways for Drunk Drivers on St. Patrick's Day

Last Year CHP Arrested 211 Drivers for DUI on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are expected to resume across California today after a two-year hiatus amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Whether you are an Irish American or you can trace your heritage back to Ireland, people from all walks of life celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together in some way today.

However, those who choose to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, may end the party with a night at the county jail.

The California Highway Patrol and municipal law enforcement agencies across California plan to crack down hard on drunk driving today. Last year they arrested 211 people on suspicion of DUI on St. Patrick’s Day.

“If you 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 in a press release. “Not having a plan in place if your celebration includes the use of alcohol can result in a crash, jail time, injuries or even death.”

3 Killed, 76 Hurt in St. Patrick’s Day Crashes in 2021

Indeed, three people died last year on St. Patrick’s Day and 76 injured in DUI crashes statewide. The prior year, in 2020, there were no deaths and 31 people suffered injuries in collisions involving an intoxicated driver.

Motorists should know the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will have additional deputies patrolling the streets tonight for suspected DUI drivers. The sheriff’s department received a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Meanwhile, statistics from the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period show roughly half of all traffic deaths in the country involved a drunk driver, police said.

Impaired drivers are not only drinking alcohol. They may also be high on cannabis, prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and illegal drugs, police said.

Additionally, authorities remind drivers that a DUI conviction can cost about $13,000. Also, many drivers have their license suspected or revoked and others face jail or prison time depending on if there are injuries or deaths involved.

Johnson Attorneys Group is a longtime supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. If you are involved in a collision with a suspected drunk or drugged driver or you have legal questions following a traffic accident, please contact us as soon as possible.

James Johnson

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