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Press Release: Moreno Valley Police Department Working to Keep Roadways Safe this St. Patrick’s Day
Agency: Moreno Valley Police
Station Area: Moreno Valley
Written Date: March 14, 2019 Time: 3:00 PM
Incident Date: March 17, 2019 Time: 10:00 PM
Incident Location: Numerous locations, City of Moreno Valley
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Gil Gonzalez
File Number(s): Numerous

Moreno Valley Police Department Working to Keep Roadways Safe this St. Patrick’s Day
Please Celebrate Responsibly: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

City of Moreno Valley, Calif. — St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by millions across the country, often culminating in parties where drinking is involved. Sadly, this leads to tragedies on our roadways because of drivers who choose to leave parties impaired.

This St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), Moreno Valley Police Department will have additional officers on patrol ready to stop and arrest drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

According to data from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), one person was killed and 48 others were injured in DUI crashes on St. Patrick’s Day last year. In 2017, 59 people were killed nationwide in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday (March 16-March 18), accounting for 37 percent of all traffic deaths.

Due to St. Patrick’s Day becoming a dangerous holiday on our roads, Moreno Valley Police Department encourages everyone to plan ahead and use a designated sober driver, ride-share or public transportation. Even one drink can be one too many.

Moreno Valley Police Department also wants to remind everyone that a “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana can all be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

Funding for St. Patrick’s Day DUI enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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

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