The California Highway Patrol is taking extra measures to ensure the streets are safe during this holiday. They are out in force watching for anyone who may be drinking and driving. “We want people to enjoy themselves and have a good time, but safety on the roadways is everyone’s responsibility,” said CHP Lt. Mark Loveless, commander of the CHP Clear Lake Area Office. “If you are going to be drinking, make sure you have a designated driver, who will not be consuming alcohol, to get you home safely.” Loveless also mentioned, “Every CHP officer and local law enforcement will be looking for impaired drivers on St. Patrick’s day, and every other day, too. This is about saving lives.”
According to news reports, the CHP added that motorists can help them to prevent injuries or even fatalities due to crashes by calling in a suspected drunk driver to 911, in order for them to remove them from the roadway so they are not a threat to anyone’s life. Callers should describe the vehicle, current location, and direction the vehicle is traveling. The CHP usually maintains a strong DUI enforcement during popular drinking holidays like St. Patrick’s Day, the Fourth of July, and Halloween. As a San Francisco personal injury lawyer, I hope everyone is safe while driving today and uses a taxi, designated driver, or public transportation if they are drinking. If you or a loved one are harmed in an auto accident caused by reckless driving, discuss your case with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer.