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Posted on: March 9, 2021

St. Patrick’s Day Driving Under the Influence Saturation Patrol



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:St. Patrick’s Day Driving Under the Influence Saturation Patrol
Station Area:The City of Temecula
Written Date:March 9, 2021Time:1:00 PM
Incident Date:March 17, 2021Time:6:00 PM
Incident Location:The City of Temecula
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Craig Roberts
File Number(s):N/A


Be Safe and Sober this St. Patrick’s Day

Temecula, Calif. – If you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, remember to do so responsibly by having a plan to get home safely.

This St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Southwest Station will have deputies on patrol from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.  looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“If drinking is part of your plans, plan on designating a sober driver and find a safe way home,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s, Deputy Frank Opice said. “Don’t make poor choices and allow yourself to mix alcohol or drugs with driving.”

On St. Patrick’s Day 2019 in California, seven people were killed, and 116 others were injured in crashes caused by driving under the influence.

Not only does driving under the influence put yourself and others on the road at risk, but it also hurts financially; attorneys’ fees, fines, court costs, insurance rate hikes and car repairs can reach $15,000 or more in California.

“It’s simple: don’t drink and drive,” Deputy Frank Opice said. “Stay at home or find a sober driver to take you home.”

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.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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