City of Sacramento Police Department

SAMUEL D. SOMERS JR.
Chief of Police
5770 Freeport Blvd., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA  95822-3516

(916) 808-0800
Fax : (916) 808-0818
www.sacpd.org

MEDIA ADVISORY/PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release No. 20090312-043
Thursday, March 12, 2009

Police Urge Motorists to Drive Responsibly this St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Designate a Sober Driver Before the Party Begins

The Sacramento Police Department will be hosting AVOID the15 this weekend to help keep the streets safe this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. We are encouraging people to drink responsibly and designate a sober driver before heading to a local celebration or pub.

On Saturday, March 14, 2009, Avoid the 15 will be having a special DUI saturation patrol in the City of Sacramento to stop and arrest those who drink and drive. The AVOID anti-DUI program brings law enforcement agencies together in a countywide effort to crack down on drinking and driving. Funding for the program is provided by the Office of Traffic Safety.

The number one killer on our highways is the impaired driver. In 2007, alcohol attributed to 1,489 deaths in California with 30,641 injured, many still suffering with life-long disabilities. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that over the past five years, 851 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Out of that number, 327 were killed in crashes that involved a drunk driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

If you plan on drinking, don’t rely on the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day, to keep you safe or to keep you out of trouble. Be responsible and take appropriate precautions.

Sacramento Police Media Relations · (916) 808-0808 · spdpio@pd.cityofsacramento.org

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