The Lodi Police Department will be conducting a DUI checkpoint tonight in Lodi.
The checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location within the city limits and will run from 6:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m, according to a press release from the Lodi Police Department.
Also, city police, the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol officers throughout the county will be deploying additional officers throughout the weekend supporting routine traffic and patrol officers and focusing on drinking driver hotspots. Officers will have a "zero tolerance" response toward impaired drivers who fail to use a designated sober driver.
According to the press release, last year during the St. Patrick's Day period, three people were killed and 96 seriously injured in traffic crashes across California involving at least one driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher, as per statistics compiled by the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Lodi police and other law enforcement officials recommend taking the following easy steps for a safe St. Patrick's Day:
Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin, and designate a sober driver.
If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate to report them — call 911.
Remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
The program is funded through a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Contact reporter Katie Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.