Reference: St. Patrick’s Day DUI Patrols
On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2008, the Portsmouth Police Department will be deploying additional patrol units in the field for the purpose of intensified DUI enforcement. Many of these Portsmouth officers will be members of the Department’s Drug Recognition Expert Unit. The members of this unit have successfully completed months of intensive training to enhance their ability to recognize drivers impaired by either alcohol or drugs.
The Portsmouth patrols will be enhanced by troopers from NH State Police -Troop A. These troopers routinely arrest impaired drivers on roadways throughout the City and State. In addition, the NH Liquor Commission will monitor alcohol service violations and check ID’s to prevent underage drinking and over-serving in bars.
We urge patrons of the many bars and restaurants in our city to celebrate responsibly and to use a designated driver or take a cab. St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful tradition and a day for celebration. Unfortunately, irresponsible individuals who choose to drink and drive account for thousands of deaths each year across the country. Chief Magnant and the officers of the Portsmouth Police Department implore you to have a plan in place before you celebrate this year. Know how you plan to get home if you plan to drink this St. Patty’s Day…Who will be the designated driver? What friend or family member can pick you up? Did you plan ahead for a limo or cab? We ask that you think about the negative impact that one incidence of drunk/drugged driving could have on your life or others in just one ill-fated moment. A moment you can never take back. Make the right choice; Don’t Drink and Drive!
This message represents a continuing effort by the City of Portsmouth Police Department to end impaired driving in the city of Portsmouth. If you drink and drive, be assured that we will make every effort to find and arrest you to keep the roadways safe for others and to prevent you from making a fatal mistake.
Michael J. Magnant
Chief of Police