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A special DUI strike team of police officers will patrol downtown Cotati on Thursday to arrest anyone who celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with too much to drink.

Other extra officers will be focusing on areas in the Sonoma County with high incidents of DUI collisions and arrests, all part of the county’s Avoid the 13 DUI Task Force.

The strike team, comprised of officers from the CHP and Cotati, Sebastopol, Sonoma State University and Petaluma police departments, specifically are targeting “Cotati Crawl” bar patrons.

Petaluma Police Sgt. Ken Savano, who heads the Avoid the 13 Task Force, said in a statement that Cotati police expect the city’s downtown to be busy Thursday with revelers and coordinated the crackdown with the task force.

The task force is funded by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Safety Administration.

“Driving buzzed or drunk is simply not worth the risk,” Cotati Police Chief Michael Parish said in a statement.

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