Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, but don’t drink and drive, CHP warns

CHP press release

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The celebrations and parties that may highlight St. Patrick’s Day often lead to tragedy, when impaired drivers take to the roads. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) urge people to make planning safe rides as much a part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations as wearing green.

 On March 17, 2018, one person was killed and 48 were injured in collisions caused by driving under the influence (DUI) in California. Statewide, 131 people were involved in DUI collisions on St. Patrick’s Day in 2018. The CHP also made 285 arrests for DUI that day.

“When you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, remember the other people on the road and in your vehicle,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “Do not let alcohol or drugs cause you to become a risk to yourself and others.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration describes March 17 as one of the deadliest holidays on America’s roads. During the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, 37 percent of all crash fatalities involved drunken drivers.

“Drinking and driving don’t mix,” OTS Director Rhonda Craft said. “We want people to enjoy the holiday, but be responsible about how they get home once the celebrations end.”

Plan a sober ride in advance if a celebration will include alcohol. The alternative could change your life, not to mention the lives of your passengers, pedestrians, or other drivers and passengers nearby. The financial impact alone of a DUI can be sobering. Attorneys’ fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, and car repairs can reach $15,000 or more in California. If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving.

The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security. The OTS administers traffic safety programs with the goal of reducing deaths, injuries, and economic losses.


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4 Responses to Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, but don’t drink and drive, CHP warns

  1. vaguelynoble March 16, 2019 at 7:39 pm #

    A “warning” from a unionized government agency?

    Creepy. Warning: we are watching you when you are on and off duty. Taking videos, in fact. You have nothing to worry about if you aren’t doing anything wrong.

    • Tinner March 17, 2019 at 5:18 pm #

      vaguelynoble, ”warning,” most of us citizens back law enforcement.
      ”You have nothing to worry about if you aren’t doing anything” illegal or threatening to law enforcement, but I really hope you do something illegal.

    • Charles O. Jones March 19, 2019 at 7:56 am #

      I’m sure those union members in the black helicopters are hovering over you at this very moment, videoing your every move. Be careful. Tin foil hats are available through Amazon.

    • Back the blue with a passion March 19, 2019 at 8:04 am #

      vaguelynoble, go away.
      If you are following cops around videoing them you must not have to work for a living, trust fund baby who want to be a hero, maybe? Somebody with a criminal past?
      Cops will do their jobs, they’re not all perfect but if YOU aren’t doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about, right?


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