SBPD to be on alert on St. Patrick’s Day

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With the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations fast approaching, the Seal Beach Police Department will be on alert for suspected impaired drivers and remind the community to celebrate responsibly by designating a sober driver – your lucky charm for a safe and enjoyable celebration.

Additional officers will be on patrol Sunday, March 17, from noon to 2 a.m., Monday, March 18 looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. “St. Patrick’s Day is a time for celebration, but it’s important to celebrate responsibly,” said Police Chief Michael Henderson. “Designating a sober driver before the festivities begin can save lives. It’s a simple way to make sure everyone traveling on our roads gets home safely.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest times on our nation’s roads. Marijuana, prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may also impair your driving. 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.