The Douglas County Sheriff's Office will be participating in several high-visibility traffic enforcement details over St. Patrick's Day.
"Due to the typical alcohol consumption associated with St. Patrick's Day celebrations, DUI incidents tend to increase during this celebrated festival," said Sgt. Jim Halsey.
Friday and Saturday nights, DCSO deputies working in conjunction with the Carson City Sheriff's Office, will conduct increased DUI enforcement patrols in Douglas County and Carson City.
Sheriff Ron Pierini said national traffic studies have shown that these types of targeted patrols provide an increased risk of detection and apprehension of DUI violators, reducing the number of drivers willing to risk driving while impaired by alcohol.
This enforcement detail is partially paid for by a grant from the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.
"The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is committed to keeping the roads and highways of our community safe. As part of that effort, we will be conducting additional traffic enforcement details when resources allow, particularly targeting distracted or intoxicated drivers," Pierini said.
Pierini advised those who consume alcoholic beverages as part of their St. Patrick's Day celebration to catch a ride with a sober driver or use a local taxi service.