Escondido, CA–Escondido police will be on patrol on March 17 looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
During the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, nearly half of all traffic deaths throughout the country involved a drunk driver.
Alcohol is not the only substance that can cause impairment. Cannabis, prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and illegal drugs can all lead to a DUI, authorities said.
Escondido police urge the public to be on the lookout for suspected drunk drivers on the road. Anyone who sees an impaired driver can call 911.
Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.