EL MONTE (CBSLA.com) — Law enforcement agencies are expected to deploy additional resources Thursday for St. Patrick’s Day and want to remind revelers that “buzzed driving is drunk driving.”
Police in El Monte, for instance, say the department plans to have officers target problem areas known for high numbers of DUI collisions and arrests.READ MORE: Woman Says She Was Refused Service At An Encino Dunkin' Donuts For Being Deaf
Citing statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, police say there were 266 drunken driving fatalities nationwide from 2010 to 2014 during this holiday period.READ MORE: Illegal Marijuana Grow Bust Nets Nearly 30,000 Plants And Leads To 31 Arrests In San Bernardino
“Tragically, March 17th has become one of the nation’s deadliest holidays,” El Monte police said in a statement. “In fact, from 2010 to 2014, almost three-fourths of the drunk-driving fatalities during this holiday period involved drivers who had BACs well above the .08 limit.”
Before partaking in the festivities, police recommend designating a sober driver and keeping the number of a taxi company in your phone or wallet as back-up.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Related Hospitalizations Continue To Drop In Los Angeles County
Also, they say, keep an eye out for pedestrians who have had too much to drink as walking while intoxicated can also be deadly.