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Posted on: March 15, 2022

The Anaheim Police Department Encourages Safe St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 15, 2022) – Anaheim, Calif. – This St. Patrick’s Day, the Anaheim Police Department will be on alert for suspected impaired drivers and reminds the community to celebrate the holiday responsibly.

The Anaheim Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint Thursday, March 17, 2022, near Lincoln Avenue and Anaheim Boulevard starting at 6:00 P.M.

Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired.

During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“Have a game plan before you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” Anaheim Police Department, Sergeant Blackburn said, “Designate a sober driver or make other plans to get home safely.”

During the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, nearly half of all traffic deaths throughout the country involved a drunk driver.

The Anaheim Police Department, Sergeant Blackburn wants to warn the community that alcohol is not the only substance that can cause impairment. Cannabis, prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and illegal drugs can all lead to a DUI.

If you ever see a suspected drunk driver on the road, call 911.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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