Additional Police Officers on Patrol St. Patrick's Day

PASADENA, Calif.—Pasadena Police Department's Traffic Section will have extra officers on patrol the evening of Friday, March 17, ready to stop and arrest drivers suspected of driving under the influence.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest times on our nation’s roads. In 2020, more than 11,000 people in the U.S. died in drunk-driving crashes.

Pasadena Police Department reminds the community to celebrate responsibly by not driving under the influence. “Plan ahead before you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” Lieutenant Anthony Russo said. “If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a sober driver, schedule a ride-share or make other plans to get home safely.”

Lt. Russo also reminds the community that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Marijuana, prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs can cause impairment, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs. Always make sure to read warning labels and know the effects of any drug(s) you use.

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

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