The Riverside Police Department and North Riverside Police Department have announced that their officers will be conducting special patrols this St. Patrick’s Day to crack down on drunk drivers. Unbuckled motorists also will be ticketed.
“We are reminding everyone this weekend through St. Patrick’s Day to drive sober and buckle up,” said Riverside Police Sgt. Jeffrey Miller. “If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a sober driver before the party begins. Be responsible or risk a DUI.”
The enforcement period will run from March 13 through March 22. In addition to looking for drunk drivers, the Riverside Police Department and North Riverside Police Department will be stepping up seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are lowest.
“Driving drunk is a deadly decision and it is against the law. We will show zero tolerance,” said North Riverside Deputy Police Chief Deborah Garcia. “So remember, designate a sober driver before the party begins and always buckle up.”
The St. Patrick’s Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered through IDOT’s Division of Transportation Safety.”
This information was provided by the Riverside and North Riverside police departments.