Heightened DUI enforcement planned over St. Patrick's Day weekend

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"St. Patrick's Day is one of the most popular holidays in the United States...heavily celebrated by most Americans with friendly pinches, bangers n' mash, and green beer galore", said La Mesa Police Chief Walt Vasquez.

A year ago during the St. Patrick's Day enforcement period, agencies across Colorado made 607 DUI related arrests, 33 percent more than in 2016.

Local law enforcement agencies across the state made 65 DWI arrests, three DWAI-drug only arrests, 76 other arrests and issued 972 summonses. Stopping collisions related to drunk driving will in turn help limit the amount of injuries and fatalities associated with driving impaired.

If you're planning on driving, avoid drinking.

Authorities recommend either designating a sober driver before partaking in any celebrations or to use alternate transportation, such as Uber, Lyft or a taxi service.

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Traffic enforcement officers will be out in abundance this weekend keeping watch on California roadways to ensure that no St. Patrick's Day revelers put themselves or others at risk.

- If you are hosting a party, serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.

The cost of a safe ride home is cheap.

Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Download NHTSA's SaferRide mobile app available for Android and Apple devices. "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", according to a statement from police.

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