St. Patrick's Day revelers be forewarned: the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said officers will be looking for anyone driving under the influence this weekend throughout the Bay Area.
"Driving under the influence is just not an option," Chief Teresa Becher of the Golden Gate Division said.
"If you sit behind the steering wheel of a vehicle and make the decision to drink excessively and drive, you are putting lives in danger. It could be your parent, a spouse, a child, a friend, whose life maybe erased in just seconds. It might be the loss of a hand, an arm, or even being paralyzed for the rest of their lives. We've seen enough, so please think of others and be responsible."
This week throughout the Bay Area the CHP is going after people they had previously arrested for DUIs and who failed to follow through with their court responsibilities, the department said. CHP officers have so far knocked on the doors of 54 people with DUI warrants and arrested 16.
"And we're not finished," Becher said. The CHP will continue to serve warrants through the week.
"If you have a warrant and don't want the CHP at your doorstep, you can turn yourself in to any CHP office or the local police or sheriff's department," the CHP said in a written statement.
The department recommends that partygoers plan ahead and designate a driver.
"If you are that designated driver, be accountable and don't drink. Your friends are counting on you to get them home safely," the CHP said.