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Extra DUI Patrols in Some Riverside County Cities for St. Patrick's Day

At least seven local cities, along with unincorporated communities, will hold anti-DUI operations tonight.

Motorists thinking about trying their luck drinking and driving on Riverside County roads this St. Patrick's Day better think again.

All day Monday, the county's Avoid the 30 task force -- named for the number of participating law enforcement agencies -- will be staffing sobriety checkpoints and deploying saturation patrols to snare drivers who risk imbibing and getting behind the wheel.

"When you celebrate St. Patrick's Day, just be smart about it," said Avoid coordinator Riverside police Sgt. Skip Showalter. "If you know you're going to drink -- whether with friends at a pub or attending a party -- designate a sober driver ahead of time, or call a taxi to make sure you get home safely. There's never an excuse for driving after drinking."

On St. Patrick's Days between 2007 and 2011, 269 people died in DUI- related wrecks around the country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

DUI enforcement operations are planned in unincorporated communities throughout the county, as well as the cities of:

  • Canyon Lake
  • Coachella
  • Corona
  • Desert Hot Springs
  • La Quinta
  • Palm Springs
  • Riverside


– City News Service.
Michael Kennedy March 18, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Yep, follow the money and you'll generally find the answer. Sacramento sends them grant funds, which came from DC, which came from here originally, using up much of it on administration costs for the circuitous round-trip. Biggest boondoggle since and before Madoff, yet he goes to prison and the administrators of this self-righteously pretend its public service.
JJ Mclure March 18, 2014 at 10:05 AM
keep the drunks off the road....checkpoints at every bar
PrescientLogic March 18, 2014 at 06:43 PM
At the checkpoint...?? Does it matter What color pants you're wearing? Corned beef, cabbage, bend down for a cool ale... And. BAM! Reminds me of the Bambi dialogue in "My Cousin Vinny".
Ron Mexico March 20, 2014 at 02:29 AM
SO HOW MANY ARRESTS??

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