Four Arrested for DUI During St. Patrick’s Day Police Saturation Patrol

Published : Monday, March 18, 2019 | 4:57 AM

Pasadena police executed 111 vehicle enforcement stops and arrested seven drivers during a citywide saturation traffic patrol program overnight which coincided with annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Four people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, two people were arrested for driving without being properly licensed, and one person was arrested for driving with a suspended license, according to Pasadena Police Department Traffic Section Lieutenant Mark Goodman.

“On St. Patrick’s Day in 2017, deaths due to DUI were 8% higher than the national average,” Goodman said. “This year, we wanted to do our part to put a dent in that number.”

According to police, Sunday’s patrol was the third in a series of four planned DUI enforcement operations being conducted by the Pasadena Police Department during the month of March.

Goodman said this year’s focus was on driver education, which meant partnering with local community organizations such as Day One to get the word out to as many people as possible regarding the dangers of driving under the influence.

“Avoiding a DUI on St. Patrick’s Day, or any other day, has nothing to do with luck,” said Goodman. “DUI arrests can be prevented through proper planning and the use of a designated sober driver or other safe ride home.”

Police Department messaging reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, can impair and result in a DUI.

Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, police said.

Individuals caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

Funding for this DUI saturation patrol was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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