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Increased police presence planned for the weekend

St. Patrick's Day is this weekend and the California Office of Traffic Safety is rolling out The Avoid the 8 County DUI Campaign in Siskiyou County, California, in an effort to curb drinking and driving and reduce the number of potential accidents.

Last year 96 people were seriously injured, three people were killed and at least one driver had a blood alcohol count of .08 or higher during the St. Patrick's Day period. As part of the campaign, additional officers will be patrolling supporting routine traffic stops and they will be focusing on drunk driver hotspots. The officers will be enforcing a zero tolerance policy towards impaired drivers who fail to use a designated driver.

Law enforcement is suggesting that if people are going out to celebrate that they should plan on designating a driver or contacting a local sober ride program to ensure everyone's safety. To make sure that you enjoy a safe St. Patrick's Day you should:

  • Designate a driver before you go out and celebrate.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911 and report them.
  • Make sure none of your friends drive drunk -- call a cab or sober ride for them.

If you find yourself arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, or are facing more serious charges related to a crash, you should speak with an attorney to make sure that your rights are protected. There are defense options when it comes to a drunk driving arrest, which could result in a more favorable outcome, but only an attorney can help you figure out your options for your particular situation.

St. Patrick's Day is meant to be a fun day of celebration, just make sure you plan ahead so that you can arrive home safely.

Source:, "Authorities on lookout for drunk drivers this weekend," Mar. 12, 2012

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