Police on watch for drunken driving during St. Patrick's Day weekend

Over 300 people were arrested last year

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - More than 300 DUI's were issued in California last were on St. Patty's Day weekend. 

 

Law enforcement officers are planning to be on high alert for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, looking out for drunken drivers and underage drinkers.

Additional DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols and shoulder-tap operations are scheduled to help ensure that celebrants of the Irish holiday stay out of trouble.

"We want everyone to be happy and celebrate, but we’re also being realistic, because we know that some people will not be responsible," said LAPD Detective Bill Bustos of the Valley Traffic Division.

Officials say a DUI can cost a person as much as 13 thousand dollars.

The freeways will see a crackdown as well. On St. Patrick's Day last year, California Highway Patrol officers made more than 300 arrests statewide, according to a CHP Press release. At least three people were killed, provisional data shows, CHP said.

"It takes more than luck to avoid a DUI," the agency warned drivers ahead of the holiday.

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