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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday March 11th, 2020 :: 11:36 a.m. PDT


St. Patrick's Day

Nature of Incident: Saint Patrick’s Day
Location: Ventura County, CA
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Police Department Traffic Bureau
Don’t Rely on Luck: Designate a Sober Driver this St. Patrick’s Day
Ventura County, Ca – If you plan to have a few cheers for St. Patrick’s Day, remember to plan ahead and have a designated sober driver take you home.
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, which makes it all the more important to let someone who has not been drinking take you home.
To help keep the public safe, The Camarillo and Moorpark Police Departments will have extra deputies on patrol during the evening this St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th), looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
In 2018 alone, 73 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18).
“If you need to ask yourself whether you are okay to drive, the answer is probably no,” said Captain Shane Matthews. “We want people to have fun, but also be responsible. Part of that responsibility is arranging a safe way to get home.”
If you plan on drinking, designate a sober driver, take a ride-share or use public transportation to get around.
If you ever see a drunk driver on the road, call 911.
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.
Prepared by: Sgt. Paul Richards  
News Release Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Paul Richards (805) 388-5132
[email protected]
Approved by:
Capt. Shane Matthews  

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

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