Douglas plans St. Patrick’s Day DUI patrols |

Douglas plans St. Patrick’s Day DUI patrols

Douglas County law enforcement officers will hold several high-visibility traffic enforcement details during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, according to a Tuesday statement from the Sheriff’s Office.

On Friday and Saturday nights, deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will conduct increased DUI enforcement patrols throughout Douglas County and Carson City.

Due to alcohol consumption associated with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, DUI incidents tend to increase during the holiday. National traffic studies have shown that targeted patrols improve detection of drunken drivers and reduce the number of drivers willing to risk driving under the influence, according to Tuesday’s statement.

“The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is committed to keeping the roads and highways of our community safe,” Sheriff Ron Pierini said in the statement. “As part of that effort, we will be conducting additional traffic enforcement details when resources allow, particularly targeting distracted or intoxicated drivers.”

Pierini reminded people who consume alcohol as part of their St. Patrick’s Day celebration to find a ride with a sober driver or use a local taxi service.

This patrols are partially paid for by a grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.

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