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The Seal Beach Police Department encourages safe St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

This St. Patrick’s Day, the Seal Beach Police Department will be on alert for suspected impaired drivers and reminds the community to celebrate the holiday responsibly.

Additional officers will be on patrol March 17 looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“Have a game plan before you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” Seal Beach Police Chief Philip L. Gonshak said. “Designate a sober driver or make other plans to get home safely.”

During the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, nearly half of all traffic deaths throughout the country involved a drunk driver.

The Seal Beach Police Departments wants to warn the community that alcohol is not the only substance that can cause impairment. Cannabis, prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and illegal drugs can all lead to a DUI.

If you ever see a suspected drunk driver on the road, call 911.

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

St. Patrick’s Day Active Pick-Up and Drop-Off Zone

The Seal Beach Police Department is preparing for St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17, 2022. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations typically bring large crowds to the Main Street pubs and restaurants. As such, there will be additional Police Officers conducting foot patrol and DUI enforcement.

A safe pick-up zone has been designated in the Main Street/Old Town section of Seal Beach for St. Patrick's Day. Graphic courtersy of Seal Beach Police Department.
A safe pick-up zone has been designated in the Main Street/Old Town section of Seal Beach for St. Patrick’s Day. Graphic courtersy of Seal Beach Police Department.

In an effort to reduce the occurrence of drunk driving, increase public safety, pedestrian safety, and facilitate a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day, an “Active Pick-up and Drop-Off Zone” has been designated for the Main Street and Old Town area. Active Pick-Up and Drop-off Zones create a designated area for rideshare vehicles and designated drivers to safely pick up and drop off riders.

The Active Pick-up and Drop-Off Zone will be in the 900 block of Ocean Avenue, between Main Street and 10th Street along the south curb (next to Eisenhower Park). The zone will be active on March 17th from noon until 2:30 AM. The Seal Beach Police Department has partnered with rideshare companies Uber and Lyft, and rideshare services on Main Street will be directed to the Active Pick-up and Drop-Off Zone on St. Patrick’s Day. The attached map shows the use area, highlighted in yellow.

The goal of the Seal Beach Police Department is to provide a safe and enjoyable St.Patrick’s Day celebration.

If you have any questions, please contact the Seal Beach Police Department at (562) 799-4100 and follow the SPBD on social media @sealbeachpolice.

This article was released by the Seal Beach Police Department.