The Glendora Police Department announced roving patrols to catch DUI drivers on Tuesday, March 17, for St. Patrick’s Day.
The roving patrols will be conducted in addition to already established DUI patrols for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, police said in a written statement.
Two years ago, 31 people were killed by drunk drivers on St. Patrick’s Day. From 2009 to 2013, 276 people lost their lives in drunk driving fatalities, according to statistics provided by Glendora Police. Nationally, nearly thee-fourths of the drunk drivers in the previous years had blood alcohol contents twice the legal limit.
“Even if you don’t have plans yet, plan to drive sober or designate someone else to. Save the number of a taxi company in your phone so you always have a backup plan,” police said.
Funding for these DUI patrols is provided through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.