Patrick's Day triggers drunken-driving crackdown

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Three of the county's largest police jurisdictions are conducting DUI patrols beginning Friday and continuing through Monday to keep the streets safe during the St. Patrick's Day celebration.

According to a Maui Police Department announcement, police are increasing enforcement because St. Patrick's Day has become one of the nation's deadliest holidays marked by a dramatic spike in drunken-driving fatalities.

Green beer will be flowing and many will be partying for St. Patrick's Day. The goal of the SPIDRE team is to focus on reducing alcohol related crashes in Maryland by targeting areas across the state with high crash rates involving impaired drivers.

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The enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "If you feel a buzz, you are in no shape to drive".

The CHP reminded partiers to plan ahead, by designating a sober driver or finding alternative means of getting from place to place.

"When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes", officials stated. Instead of driving, police recommend that someone who has been drinking use Uber or Lyft ride-sharing services, take a taxi or call a sober friend.

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- If you are hosting a party, serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Police said they will also be cracking down on distracted driving and issuing tickets for drivers who are caught using handheld electronic devices.

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