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The CHP Hollister-Gilroy Area Office reminds motorists to buckle up and designate a sober driver this St. Patrick’s Day

According to a press release by the CHP, last year on St. Patrick’s Day, the CHP made 148 arrests statewide for driving under the influence (DUI).

This information was contributed by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the National Highway Traffice Safety Administration.

In an effort to promote safe driving habits and deter instances of driving under the influence (DUI), the CHP joins with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding motorists that “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.” 

Last year on St. Patrick’s Day, the CHP states in a news release they made 148 arrests statewide for DUI. The same day, as a result of DUI collisions, three people were killed and 66 people were injured statewide, the release adds.  

“Don’t let a day of celebration turn into a day of tragedy. If you drive impaired, you risk your life and the lives of others on the road,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley was quoted as saying.. “Plan ahead before the party begins by designating a sober driver or making arrangements for a taxi or ride-hailing service.” 

The Hollister-Gilroy Area office has received a grant, called the Statewide Impairment Reduction Enforcement or SIR, that will make it possible for them to deploy additional road patrol officers in the area this holiday weekend. 

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the NHTSA, stated the press release.   

BenitoLink Staff