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DUI task force plans St. Patrick’s Day weekend patrols

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, Yolo County’s “Avoid the 8″ DUI task force urges motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel drunk or drugged. During the holiday weekend, police, sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers throughout Yolo County will be on high alert, cracking down on drunken drivers as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” public safety campaign.

“Drunken driving is dangerous, deadly and against the law — and it will not be tolerated in communities this St. Patrick’s Day,” Davis Police Chief Landy Black said in a news release. “Today we are giving fair warning to everyone traveling in Yolo County that our law enforcement officers will be out on patrol and if you are caught driving drunk, you will be arrested.”

The Avoid the 8 task force will be deploying special roving DUI patrols this St. Patrick’s Day weekend in several communities throughout the area, looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 700 people were killed nationwide in DUI crashes during St. Patrick’s Day holidays from 2006 to 2010.  On average, a person is killed every 51 minutes in a drunken-driving crash in the United States, the majority of those crashes involving drivers who have a blood-alcohol content of at least 0.15 percent — almost twice legal limit of 0.08.

“If  you are gathering with friends at the local bars, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely, or contact your local sober ride program for a ride home,” Black said.

The Avoid the 8 Task Force recommends the following easy steps to have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day: Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin, and before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.

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