The Garden Grove Police Department is dedicated to spreading the message about the dangers of driving under the influence. This St. Patrick's Day weekend, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., the Garden Grove Police Department will deploy additional officers on a special DUI saturation patrol to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment.
In 2016, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over St. Patrick's Day weekend nationwide. High visibility enforcement using DUI saturation patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes.
Police, Sheriff, and California Highway Patrol officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. 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.
In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Garden Grove 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.” Those taking prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, may 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 Garden Grove Police Department recommends the following safe alternatives to drinking and driving:
- Always remember to plan ahead. If you plan to drink, make arrangements to have a sober driver take you home.
- Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously—your friends are relying on you.
- There are many other ways to ensure a safe ride home besides relying on a friend. 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, app users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft, or Curb.
- Use your community’s sober ride program.
- If your friend is about to drive under the influence, take their keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely.
- Always remember to report drunk drivers - call 911.
The DUI Saturation Patrol planned on St. Patrick’s Day is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.