DUI patrols planned for St. Patrick's Day in Siskiyou County

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The Avoid the 8 Siskiyou County DUI Task Force announced Friday, March 14, that it will be deploying roving DUI patrols Monday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, in several communities throughout the area.

They will be looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs, according to the press release.

Sheriff Jon Lopey encourages those who drink to designate a sober driver ahead of time or call a taxi. “There’s never an excuse for driving after drinking,” Lopey states in the release.

The release also mentions that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 269 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2007 to 2011.

The Task Force encourages all drivers to report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1 and, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, “take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.”

The Task Force is funded through a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Avoid DUI Task Force will next deploy operations on Cinco de Mayo.