Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk This Saint Patrick’s Day NA12053rh
Don’t Depend on Dumb Luck—Designate a Sober Driver Before the Party Begins
Los Angeles: Saint Patrick’s Day has become a popular occasion to celebrate with friends and family. Unfortunately, Saint Patrick’s Day has become very dangerous due to the large number of drunk drivers. During the 2010 Saint Patrick’s Day period, there were three people killed and 96 seriously injured in traffic collisions across California involving at least one driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above, according to statistics compiled by the California Office of Traffic Safety.
“Whether you are meeting a few friends at the local pub or visiting your favorite Irish pub, if you plan on using alcohol, never drive while impaired—and never let your friends drive if you think they are impaired. Buzz driving is drunk driving,” commented Lieutenant Ron Katona, Officer in Charge, Traffic Coordination Section, Emergency Operations Division.
To ensure a safe and joyous Saint Patrick’s Day, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recommends the following tips:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
- Designate a sober driver;
- Leave your car keys at home;
- Call a taxi, call a friend or family member, or use public transportation to ensure you get home safely;
- Call 911 if you see a possible drunk driver on the road; and,
- Take the car keys away from someone who is about to drive impaired and assist them in getting home safely.
- DUI Saturation Patrol on March 15, 2012 (Thursday) from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. in Pacific Area;
- Sobriety Checkpoint on March 16, 2012 (Friday) from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Figueroa Street between 8th Street and 9th Street in Central Area;
- Sobriety Checkpoint on March 17, 2012 (Saturday) from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Venice Boulevard between Sepulveda Boulevard and Sawtelle Boulevard in Pacific Area; and,
- DUI Saturation Patrol on March 18, 2012 (Sunday) from 12 to 8 p.m. in Harbor Area.