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CHP will be out in force today

Posted: March 17, 2008 2:32 a.m.
Updated: May 18, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
As part of the California Highway Patrol's continuing efforts to curb drunken driving on St. Patrick's Day, extra officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers today.

The message is simple - party responsibly and, for those planning to consume alcohol, don't get behind the wheel.

"All we are asking is for people to do the responsible thing: plan ahead," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "Have someone who won't be drinking do the driving, take public transportation or make plans to spend the night where you are celebrating."

In the Santa Clarita Valley, officers said there was no increase in traffic violations either Saturday or Sunday. But the Newhall-area CHP will be prepared to handle additional incidents today.

No drunk driving deaths, injuries or arrests were reported locally, though reports may be updated after St. Patrick's Day is over.

Last year, the CHP reported 16 deaths and 304 injuries connected to drunken driving throughout California on St. Patrick's Day weekend, when the day that everyone's Irish fell on a Saturday.

CHP officers arrested 1,250 drivers for drunken driving that weekend.

"This is about saving lives," Farrow said, "not about how many people we can arrest."

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