It's nearly St. Patrick's Day, meaning more corned beef and cabbage, green beer and a heightened police presence. Sadly, all this merry-making can lead to unsafe driving conditions as party-goers head home.
The popular St. Patrick's Day holiday previous year left three people dead and 66 injured statewide as a result of crashes in which drivers were under the influence of something, the CHP said.
The Manhattan Beach Police are hoping to keep St. Patrick's Day within reason this year and drunk drivers off the street. The selfish act of drinking and driving can rip people from their friends and loved ones forever. If you're heading out for the St. Patrick's Day festivities, plan ahead and remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
This means additional officers will be on duty from 8 p.m.to 3 a.m. specifically to stop and arrest drivers who show signs of alcohol or drug impairment.
With an increase in impaired drivers expected throughout the state this weekend, state police will be conducting saturation patrols at each of the 23 barracks focusing on impaired, aggressive, and distracted driving.
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Plan a way to get home or designate a sober driver in advance. Marijuana use can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
Remember, it's not just about you! In 2016, 522 people were killed on Maryland's roads.
"Don't let alcohol and/or drug impairment cause you to be a risk to yourself and others on the road", officials said.
Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran announced deputies would be looking for people driving impaired or not wearing seatbelts from Friday morning through Monday. Make sure that if you drink, you don't drive and if you drive, don't drink this weekend.
And authorities urged people to call 911 to report impaired drivers.