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Wednesday March 13th, 2019 :: 04:17 p.m. PDT

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Camarillo - St. Patrick's Day Traffic Safety Message

Nature of Incident: St. Patrick’s Day
Location: Ventura County, Ca
 
Date & Time: Sunday, March 17th, 2019
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Police Department Traffic Bureau
Narrative:
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is
Working to Keep Roadways Safe this St. Patrick’s Day
 Please Celebrate Responsibly: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving
 
Ventura County, 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.
 
According to data from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), one person was killed and 48 others were injured in DUI crashes on St. Patrick’s Day last year. 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 Ventura County Sheriff’s Office encourages everyone to plan ahead and use a designated sober driver, ride-share or public transportation. Even one drink can be one too many.
 
“Don’t even put yourself in a position where you need to ask whether you are okay to drive,” Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Commander Dave Murray said. “If you feel the slightest hint of a buzz, you should not be driving.”
 
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office 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 about driving impaired,” Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Commander Dave Murray said. “Let’s all be responsible adults and help each other get where we need to go safely.”
 

 
 
 

Prepared by:
Sgt. Paul Richards  
News Release Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2019  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Paul Richards (805) 388-5132
paul.richards@ventura.org
 
 
Approved by:
 
 
 
Commander Dave Murray  
       
 
 

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