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RivCo Police Agencies Promise to Crack Down on DUI Drivers on St. Patty's Day

On Monday, the county's Avoid the 30 task force will be staffing sobriety checkpoints and deploying saturation patrols to snare drivers who risk imbibing and getting behind the wheel.

Law enforcement agencies throughout Riverside County warned motorists not to try their luck drinking and driving on St. Patrick's Day.

On Monday, the county's Avoid the 30 task force -- named for the number of participating law enforcement agencies -- will be staffing sobriety checkpoints and deploying saturation patrols to snare drivers who risk imbibing and getting behind the wheel.

"When you celebrate St. Patrick's Day, just be smart about it," Riverside police Sgt. Skip Showalter, the task force coordinator. "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. There's never an excuse for driving after drinking."

On St. Patrick's Days between 2007 and 2011, 269 people died in DUI- related wrecks around the country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

DUI enforcement operations are planned in unincorporated communities throughout the county, as well as the cities of Canyon Lake, Coachella, Corona, Desert Hot Springs, La Quinta, Palm Springs and Riverside.

Riverside police Lt. Mark Rossi said saturation patrols will be conducted in the city all weekend, in addition to Monday.


—City News Service.

Alek J Hidell March 14, 2014 at 03:23 PM
Just change it to Drunkard's Day....far more appropriate..
ACH March 17, 2014 at 03:31 PM
More reason for Police to stop people without reason, illegally. Do any of you care? Nope.
Alek J Hidell March 17, 2014 at 03:42 PM
More reason for Police to stop illegals without reason, illegally or otherwise. Do any of us care about their "rights"? Nope.
Jeremiah March 17, 2014 at 05:54 PM
ACH - What sort of criminal record do you have that makes you have this vendetta against police doing the job we hired them to do? I looked at all your comments - every one is a sour comment against law enforcement and it seems like you are obsessed with it. What's up? What did they do to you? **** Jeremiah

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