St Patricks day weekend is coming up. This means an increase in fun, celebration, and getting ready for NCAA tournament brackets. It is also a time of an increase in San Diego DUIs.
Dark beer (which may be green) from the Isles will be the beverage of choice. A lot of these contain a higher amount of alcohol and can pack a punch.
Law Enforcement has several checkpoints planned. It reminds of me Great White just off the water waiting for the seals. If someone is stopped and you respond affirmatively to the officers question of “have you been drinking“….you will be asked out of the vehicle and a DUI investigation has begun.
A San Diego DUI is costly with so many unintended consequences it is just not worth it. This includes trying to be cool and compliant with an officer. If the officer has a to make a borderline call of letting you go or arresting you for a San Diego DUI….you are going to jail.
Remember…if you are contacted by officers remember the following:
Have fun and enjoy what looks like another great weekend here in San Diego.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY >> Law enforcement officers throughout Los Angeles County are gearing up for checkpoints and extra patrols seeking intoxicated drivers this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Checkpoints in Whittier, Pico Rivera, Arcadia, Pasadena and the unincorporated county area of West Covina are just five of the 13 checkpoints taking place this weekend in the county, along with 87 roving DUI patrols, according to representatives of the task force of law enforcement agencies collectively known as “Avoid the 100.”
“When you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, just be smart about it,” Glendora police Chief Tim Staab said in a written statement. “If you know you’re going to drink, whether with friends at a pub or attending a party designate a sober driver ahead of time or call a taxi to make sure you get home safely.”
According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one person died every 53 minutes in a DUI-related crash in the United States in 2011.
“Most of these crashes involved drunk drivers who had blood-alcohol concentrations of .15 or higher, almost twice the legal limit of .08,” the task force statement said.
Whittier police are planning a checkpoint Friday night into Saturday morning within Whittier, according to Whittier police Sgt. Rob Hanson.
Pasadena police are also planning checkpoint Friday, as well as extra patrols to seek DUI drivers on St. Patrick’s Day, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said.
Arcadia police have announced plans to hold a checkpoint late Saturday into early Saturday within that city, Arcadia police Sgt. Brett Bourgeous said.
Sheriff’s deputies in Pico Rivera and California Highway Patrol officers in the unincorporated county area near West Covina will also hold a checkpoint late Saturday into Sunday, according to officials from each agency.
All of the checkpoints and additional patrols are being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.