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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday March 9th, 2021 :: 12:15 p.m. PST


St. Patrick’s Day

Nature of Incident: St. Patrick’s Day
Location: Ventura County, Ca
Date & Time: 3/9/21
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Police Department Traffic Bureau
Be Safe and Sober this St. Patrick’s Day
Ventura County, Ca. – If you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, remember to do so responsibly by having a plan to get home safely.
This St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office will have officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
“If drinking is part of your plans, plan on designating a sober driver and find a safe way home,” says Captain Shane Matthews. “Don’t make poor choices and allow yourself to mix alcohol or drugs with driving.”
On St. Patrick’s Day 2019 in California, seven people were killed, and 116 others were injured in crashes caused by driving under the influence.
Not only does driving under the influence put yourself and others on the road at risk, but it also hurts financially; attorneys’ fees, fines, court costs, insurance rate hikes and car repairs can reach $15,000 or more in California.
“It’s simple: don’t drink and drive,” Captain Matthews said. “Stay at home or find a sober driver to take you home.”
California’s public health guidance advises to limit mixing with people you don’t live with as much as possible to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Although many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will be held virtually this year, it’s important to designate a sober driver or stay at home for the night.
If you ever see a suspected drunk driver on the road, call 911.
Funding for this program 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: Tuesday, March 9, 2021  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Paul Richards
Approved by:
Capt. Shane Matthews  

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

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