St. Patrick’s Day DUI arrests down from last year

For St. Patrick’s Day, the Avoid the 8 DUI Task Force deployed officers across Humboldt County to stop and arrest drivers who were impaired by alcohol or drugs.

On March 17, a total of three drivers were arrested for driving under the influence. In 2013, a total of six drivers were arrested during the same time period.

According to NHTSA, in 2011, on average one person was killed every 53 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the United States. Most of these crashes involved drunk drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations of .15 or higher, almost twice the legal limit of .08.

The Task Force is funded through a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Avoid DUI Task Force will next deploy operations on Cinco de Mayo.