NORFOLK -- In anticipation of the number of people celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, officers from several police departments will be conducting saturation patrols over the weekend.
Officers in Newport News will conduct enhanced DUI patrol operations and will have additional officers focusing on areas where motorists are more likely to be operating their vehicles while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Virginia Beach officers will hold multiple saturation patrols throughout the weekend and after St. Patrick’s Day.
Drivers that have vehicles parked in one of the municipal parking lots at the Oceanfront can use the city’s “Do Not Tow” program. To avoid having your vehicle towed, simply contact any police officer at the Oceanfront or call 385-5000 to avoid having your vehicle towed.
The Suffolk Police Department wants to keep St. Patrick’s Day a safe and happy holiday for everyone and encourages citizens to not drink and drive.
Residents are encouraged to take the following easy steps, for a safe St. Patrick’s Day:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
- Before drinking, please designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to dial 911 to notify police.
- And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
In 2012, 5,861 people were injured and 229 were killed in alcohol-related crashes in the State of Virginia.