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Manhattan Beach Police Department
Thursday March 15th, 2018 :: 04:46 p.m. PDT


Press Release: DUI Enforcement for St. Patrick's Day Weekend

For Immediate Release
March 15, 2018
Contact:             Scott Combs, Traffic Sergeant, (310) 802-5166       
Date of Event:    March 15, 2018 through March 18, 2018
Subject:             St. Patrick’s Day Weekend  
Location:           Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in the United States.  Unfortunately in 2016, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday nationwide. The selfish act of drinking and driving can rip people from their friends and loved ones forever. For this reason, The Manhattan Beach Police Department is working to spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving.  If you’re heading out for this weekend, plan ahead and remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
The Manhattan Beach Police Department will deploy additional officers on special DUI Saturation Patrols specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during the hours of 7:00 PM and 3:00 AM.
In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.  The Manhattan Beach Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI.  Marijuana use can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

The Manhattan Beach Police Department recommends the following safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

  • If are you going to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously—your friends are relying on you.
  • The OTS DDVIP app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. The app offers enhanced features, allowing users to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Additionally, the app users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely.
  • Always remember to report drunk drivers - call 911.
This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Next DUI campaign is set for Cinco de Mayo.

Manhattan Beach Police Department
420 15th St
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 310-545-4566

Sergeant Scott Combs
Manhattan Beach Police Department

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