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San Rafael Police Department

San Rafael Police Department

For Immediate Release

Author: Sergeant Justin Graham
Date: March 17, 2023 12:00 PM

Be a Saint on Saint Patrick's Day. Plan Ahead and Celebrate Responsibly with a Designated Sober Driver.

San Rafael, CA – This St. Patrick’s Day don’t push your luck by letting drunk drive. The San Rafael Police Department will be on alert for suspected impaired drivers and reminds the community to celebrate responsibly by not driving under the influence.

Additional officers will be on patrol from March 17 through March 19 from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 

“Leave your keys at home and plan ahead before you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” Sergeant Justin Graham said. “Designate a sober driver, schedule a ride-share, or make other plans to get home safely if you plan to consume alcohol.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest times on our nation’s roads. In 2020, more than 11,000 people in the U.S. died in drunk-driving crashes.

Sergeant Justin Graham wants to warn the community that alcohol is not the only substance that can cause impairment. Marijuana, prescription medications, or over-the-counter drugs may also impair. Do your research and understand how certain drugs may affect your driving ability.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

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Posted: March 17, 2023 12:31 PDT by Sergeant Justin Graham

Updated: March 17, 2023 12:38 PDT by Justin Graham


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