Don't Push Your Luck

Published on March 16, 2024

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With the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations fast approaching, the Culver City Police Department will be on alert for suspected impaired drivers and reminds the community to celebrate responsibly by designating a sober driver - your lucky charm for a safe and enjoyable celebration.

Additional officers will be on patrol this weekend looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“St. Patrick’s Day is a time for celebration, but it’s important to celebrate responsibly,” Culver City Police Department Chief Sims said. “Designating a sober driver before the festivities begin can save lives. It's a simple way to make sure everyone traveling on our roads gets home safely."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest times on our nation’s roads. More than 13,384 preventable deaths throughout 2021 involved drunk driving, representing 31% of all traffic fatalities in the United States that year. Over the 2021 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, specifically, 47 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in the U.S.

The Culver City Police Department wants to warn the community that alcohol is not the only substance that can cause impairment. Marijuana, prescription medications, or over-the-counter drugs may also impair. Do your research and understand how certain drugs may affect your driving ability.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For questions or media inquiries, please contact Culver City Police Department Public Information Officer Jennifer Atenza at (310) 253-6120 or email