The San Francisco Police Department is very eager to inform that they will be out in force with DUI checkpoints and patrols for St. Patrick’s Day, because well-publicized checkpoints do indeed cut down on drunk driving.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you drinking yet? It’s fine if you are! We’ve been jobbed out of a proper St. Patrick’s Day the last two years (2020 was particularly awful), plus March Madness starts today, so day drinking and nighttime blacking out is totally acceptable today.
SFPD to Conduct DUI Saturation Patrols on March 17, 2022— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) March 16, 2022
Our Traffic Unit will be conducting DUI saturation patrols this Thursday, March 17th, 2022, between the hours of 7:00 P.M. and 3:00 A.M. ➡️ https://t.co/jWeRD1eYLC pic.twitter.com/0Tzb7aOds2
They telegraph this announcement in advance every year (the enhanced patrols and checkpoints go from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m.), because they say they have data showing that announcing that they’re doing checkpoints actually does reduce drunk driving.
Have a safe & happy #StPatricksDay! Here are some tips on celebrating the holiday safely:— San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (@SF_emergency) March 17, 2022
🍀 Avoid drinking & driving. Use public transit or rideshare service
🍀 Make a plan to meet up- plan for the unexpected
🍀 If you see something, say something!
Wishing you a very lucky day! pic.twitter.com/UMbIVDV8i0
“Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely,” SFPD says in their annual St. Patrick’s Day DUI press release.
Think before you drink. Don't hesitate to designate. Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Regardless how you say it, make sure you don't drive impaired. Always designate a sober driver. The CHP wishes you and your family a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day! #chp #drivesober #dui pic.twitter.com/9rtZ7Wilop— CHP Headquarters (@CHP_HQ) March 17, 2022
“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.,” the release adds.
St. Patrick's Day is not the holiday with the most drunk driving, and it is actually not even in the top five. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, that distinction belongs to Memorial Day, followed by Labor Day, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. But St. Patrick’s Day is still pretty bad, as KSWB reports that “In 2021, CHP officers arrested more than 200 drivers on St. Patrick’s Day with three deaths and 76 injuries reported from DUI-related incidents.”
So have your fun, but take Muni or a Lyft, people!
Image: SFPD via Twitter