Valley police ramping up DUI task force for St. Patrick's Day

Bakersfield Police Department to deploy more officers for St. Patrick's weekend

St. Patrick's Day brings drunk driving patrols

Green beer will be flowing and many will be partying for St. Patrick's Day.

With an increase in impaired drivers expected throughout the state this weekend, state police will be conducting saturation patrols at each of the 23 barracks focusing on impaired, aggressive, and distracted driving.

In 2016 alone, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving collisions during the St. Patrick's Day holiday period.

Every year more than 160 lives are lost in Maryland in crashes involving impaired drivers and thousands more are injured according to the Maryland Department of Transportation.

The police department recommends lining up a designated driver before heading out to party.

If you're planning on driving, avoid drinking.

"When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes", officials stated.

Don't text, use a cellphone that is not hands-free or drive distracted.

Three of the county's largest police jurisdictions are conducting DUI patrols beginning Friday and continuing through Monday to keep the streets safe during the St. Patrick's Day celebration.

There are many other ways to ensure a safe ride home besides relying on a friend. "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", according to a statement from police.

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