San Diego, California - Don’t drink green beer and drive. OK, don’t drink any alcohol to excess and get behind the wheel.
San Diego County law enforcement will be out tonight through the early hours of Tuesday looking for intoxicated drivers.
“When you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, be responsible,” said Sheriff Bill Gore. “If you drink, designate a sober driver or call a taxi to take you home. Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving.”
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will increase their driving under the influence (DUI) patrols through early Tuesday morning in all the department’s coverage areas.
In addition to that, deputies in Vista are also holding a DUI checkpoint tonight.
Imperial Beach station deputies will also hold saturation patrols and DUI/driver’s license checkpoints Sunday night through early Monday.
In Imperial Beach, anyone caught driving while under the influence or with a suspended license will have their vehicle put on a 30-day hold. A DUI or driving with a suspended license arrest will cost offenders a pot of gold with legal fees and storage fees.
In San Diego, the San Diego County Law Enforcement Task Force on Alcohol and DUI also kicked off Operation Green Mile, increased countywide DUI enforcement efforts over the next five days. Operation Green Mile will go from tonight through early Tuesday.
Local communities typically experience a spike in drunk driving around St. Patrick’s Day due to its association with alcohol.
Last year over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, one person died and 23 people were injured in 18 alcohol-related traffic collisions in San Diego County, according to the California Highway Patrol. Nationwide, more than 269 people were killed by drunk drivers on St. Patrick’s Day between 2007 and 2011.
Drivers are urged to report drunk driving by calling 911 to help keep people safe. Callers should be ready to provide an exact location, vehicle make and model and license plate, if possible.
Here are a few sober ride options for St. Patrick’s Day:
Funding for some of the DUI enforcement efforts were provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.