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St. Patrick's Day Impaired Driving Enforcement

Don’t Rely on Luck - Designate a Sober Driver this St. Patrick’s Day

March 11, 2020

UPDATE (3/13/20; 5:01 p.m.)

Due to inclement weather forecasted for this Saturday, March 14, the checkpoint has been canceled. Extra officers will still conduct saturation patrols over the St. Patrick's Day weekend.

This St. Patrick’s Day, on Tuesday, March 17, the Garden Grove Police Department will deploy extra police officers on patrol to be on the lookout for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

A DUI/driver’s license checkpoint will also be held this Saturday, March 14, from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., at an undisclosed location within city limits.

The Garden Grove Police Department urges the community to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day responsibly by planning ahead and designating a sober driver.

“If you need to ask yourself whether you are okay to drive, the answer is probably no,” said Garden Grove Police Chief Tom DaRé. “We want people to have fun, but also be responsible. Part of that responsibility is arranging a safe way to get home.”

In 2018, 73 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend, from March 16 through March 18.

Funding for the St. Patrick’s Day DUI enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.”