SSFPD Media Release: This St. Paddy’s Day, Don’t Rely on the Luck o’ the Irish

South San Francisco, CA  March 16, 2018 Submitted by SSFPD

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. With a plethora of Irish immigrants-and many,  many  more  St.  Paddy’s  Day  well­ wishers, the holiday is heavily celebrated by most Americans with friendly pinches, bangers n’ mash, and green beer galore. Sadly, all this merry-making  can lead  to dangerous driving conditions as party-goers head home.

In 2016 alone, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Paddy’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March I 6 to 5:59 a.m. March 18) nationwide. The selfish act of drinking and driving can rip people from their friends and loved ones forever. For this reason, the South San Francisco Police Department is working to spread the message about  the dangers of drunk driving. Even one drink can be one too many. If you’re heading out for the Irish festivities, plan ahead and remember:

Buzzed Driving ls Drunk Driving.

The South San Francisco Police Department is deploying additional officers on special DUI Saturation Patrols on St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday night specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.

In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. South  San Francisco supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly  those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI.

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 . There are other people on the  roads who want  to get where they are going safely. Don’t let alcohol and or drug impairment cause you to be a risk to yourself and others on the road. Impaired driving is an act of selfishness. Before you put your keys in the ignition, remind yourself: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. If you feel a buzz, you are in no shape to drive. ”

 

The South San Francisco Police Department recommends the following safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

  • First: Always remember to plan ahead. If you  plan to drink, plan for a sober driver  to take you home. Is it your tum to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously-your friends are relying on you.
  • There are many other ways to ensure a safe ride home besides relying on  a friend.  The OTS DDVIP app is now available for free download  on iOS and Android  dev ices . The app offers enhanced features , allowing users to search all  participating  bars  and restaurants throughout California. Additionally , the app users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely.
  • Always remember to report drunk drivers – call 911

This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,

The Next DUI campaign  is set for Cinco de Ma

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