Multi-agency saturation patrols aimed at preventing and stopping drunk drivers will be in effect throughout the weekend and into St. Patrick’s Day, Monday.
After a successful Super Bowl multi-agency event, that included several arrests, and zero fatalities, EPD will once again partner with OSP and SPD to search-out DUII drivers. The officers will make every effort to actively seek any vehicle that is reported as a possible DUII, regardless of jurisdictional boundaries. Drivers that suspect possible DUII drivers or reckless driving are encouraged to call 911 to support this effort.
This targeted DUII enforcement is designed to increase the safety of people traveling during St. Patrick’s Day and the holiday weekend. The enforcement is largely funded through state grants to ensure that enough officers are available to identify, stop and process impaired drivers, and to dedicate DUII patrols that are staffed above and beyond the usual patrol strength.
Aside from the potentially tragic consequences of a collision due to a driver’s impairment from alcohol or other drugs, impaired drivers face a steep financial burden if arrested for driving under the influence and the suspension of their driver’s license. Drivers are encouraged to designate a non-drinking driver, and be prepared with phone numbers for an alternate driver in case the primary plan falls through.