RPD Planning Extra Patrols Targeting DUI Drivers For St. Patrick’s Day

If your Saint Patrick’s Day celebrating involves alcohol, be aware that the Redding Police Department will have additional officers conducting DUI enforcement this Friday through Sunday. Due to the holiday becoming a dangerous one on our roads, the department encourages everyone to plan ahead and use a designated sober driver, ride-share or public transportation. In 2017, 59 people were killed nationwide in drunk-driving crashes over the holiday accounting for 37 percent of all traffic deaths. RPD also wants to remind everyone that a “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana can all be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs. Funding for the added DUI enforcement effort is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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