St. Patrick’s Day DUI Patrols in Seal Beach

In preparation for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Seal Beach, California, the local police department announced they will be increasing DUI law enforcement patrols on Sunday. The law enforcement officers will be on duty from noon till 2 am on March 17. Seal Beach Police Department Chief, Michael Henderson, said this time of celebration should be responsibly enjoyed. He suggested designating a sober driver before starting the festivities as a way of ensuring personal and road safety.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most dangerous times on US roads, with 47 people having lost their lives to drunk-driving crashes during the 2021 celebrations. Being under the influence isn’t only related to alcohol but can also be due to prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs, illegal substances, and marijuana, leading to DUI charges.

First-time DUI offenders could suffer financial penalties averaging $13,500. Moreover, a conviction could result in a suspended driver’s license. Patch provides real-time updates on what’s happening in Los Alamitos-Seal Beach.

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