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ABC Asks the Public and Licensees to Prevent Drunk Driving this St. Patrick’s Day

ABC agents will be out helping keep communities safe

This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) reminds the public to celebrate responsibly and never drive under the influence. ABC encourages licensees and the public to prevent impaired driving by ensuring everyone has a safe ride home.

“ABC agents will be out on St. Patrick’s Day to help keep communities safe,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata. “ABC licensed businesses can do their part by checking IDs and not over-serving alcohol to patrons.”

ABC has partnered with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to deliver this educational message due to the high number of drunk driving crashes that occur near St. Patrick’s Day each year. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that between 2016 and 2020, drunk driving crashes caused 287 deaths during the St. Patrick’s Day period. In 2020, 36% of fatal crashes involved a drunk driver during the same period.

A grant from OTS provides funding for St. Patrick’s Day enforcement through NHTSA.


 About the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is the agency of the government of the state of California charged with the regulation of alcoholic beverages. ABC’s mission is to provide the highest level of service and public safety to the people of California through licensing, education, and enforcement. ABC is a department of the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency.

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  1. That’s great to hear! It’s important for everyone to do their part in preventing impaired driving, and that includes licensees and the public. It’s a good reminder to plan ahead, designate a sober driver, or take advantage of rideshare services if we know we’ll be drinking.