Extra police officers will out on patrol this weekend looking for DUI drivers.

It’s part of Sonoma County’s anti-DUI Avoid the 13 task force, and it’s being conducted this weekend because Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day, a time when some people celebrate a bit too much and then drive.

The extra officers will hit the streets at 6 p.m. Friday, with the extra enforcement ending at 6 a.m. Sunday.

“Whether you are meeting a few friends at the local pub after work or attending a local event or party, if alcohol is part of the festivities, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely,” Petaluma Police Lt. Tim Lyons said in a statement.

The Avoid the 13 task force includes all of the county’s police agencies and is funded through a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety.


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  1. Pete Iodence

    OK, all you idiots still dumb enough to drink and drive. Get out there and party, but don’t’ get to drunk where you will kill or maim someone. The state, county and feds need your money. Not to mention all others that capitalize on your stupid actions by driving intoxicated. Yeah, I know it’s all about safety of roads. If that were case, why don’t they do more to get all the unlicensed and uninsured off the highway. It seems I am reading more about incompetent drivers killing and maiming more so then drunk drivers. Does anyone else see this trend?

    March 15th, 2012 2:53 pm

  2. Offramp

    Pete, you are reading wrong. Drunk drivers kill more than any other segment – about one third of all fatal crashes.

    March 16th, 2012 9:18 am

  3. ORION Protection Services

    Orion Protection Services Group would like to remind everyone to make sure you and your family have a safe and sober way home and please, never drink and drive. – Michelle – VP

    March 16th, 2012 2:22 pm

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