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THIS ST. PATRICK’S DAY, PLAN BEFORE YOU PARTY

Post Date:03/13/2019 5:00 PM

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For Immediate Release
March 13, 2019

THIS ST. PATRICK’S DAY, PLAN BEFORE YOU PARTY
Corona Police Department is working to keep Roadways Safe with DUI Checkpoints

Corona CA –St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by millions across the country, often culminating in parties where drinking is involved. Sadly, this leads to tragedies on our roadways because of drivers who choose to leave parties impaired. This Sunday, March 17, the Corona Police Department will have additional officers on patrol ready to stop and arrest drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, we will hold a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location within city limits from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

According to data from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), one person was killed, and 48 others were injured in DUI crashes last year on St. Patrick’s Day. In 2017, 59 people were killed nationwide in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday (March 16 - March 18), accounting for 37 percent of all traffic deaths. Due to St. Patrick’s Day becoming a dangerous holiday on our roads, the Corona Police Department encourages everyone to plan ahead and use a designated sober driver, public transportation, or ride-sharing. Even one drink can be one too many.

The Corona Police Department also wants to remind everyone that a “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and marijuana can all be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs. “We all know the dangers that come with driving impaired,” Corona Police Department Traffic Sergeant Bryan Snow said. “Let’s all be responsible adults and help each other get where we need to go safely.”

Funding for St. Patrick’s Day DUI enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If you would like to learn more about this program, please contact Sergeant Bryan Snow at Bryan.Snow@CoronaCA.gov

THIS ST. PATRICK’S DAY, PLAN BEFORE YOU PARTY

About the City of Corona: Corona is located adjacent to Orange County California at the junction of the 91 and 15 freeways with a population of more than 160,000 residents. For more information regarding The City of Corona visit www.CoronaCA.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sgt. Chad Fountain
Public Information Officer
951-736-2880
Chad.Fountain@CoronaCA.gov

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