Torrance Police will be out in full force on one of the most dangerous driving days of the year.

St. Patrick’s Day is this Friday, and for some it’s a favorite holiday to celebrate. Torrance Police say too many people get behind the wheel after drinking. and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 252 people lost their lives in alcohol-related crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday periods from 2011 to 2015.

That’s why Torrance Police will enforce a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint from 8 p.m. this Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. Also other law enforcement agencies including the California Highway Patrol will be on heightened alert for St. Patrick’s Day.

Officials say planning a sober ride home before the celebrations begin is the first step to staying safe. Also if you’re planning to be a designated driver, stick to your plan. And they remind everyone that drugs such as prescription medications or marijuana can also lead to impaired driving. Lastly, walking while impaired can also be deadly.

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