It took Guillermo Garza, a sergeant with the Reedley Police Department, just moments to see a parking lot packed with cars at one of the city’s local bars to make his determination.
“As soon as we drive into this driveway,” said Garza on the evening of March 16. “We can anticipate how our night is going to go. As you can see we already have cars down here which means it’s going to be pretty busy.
“You can see they have a booth down there with some festivities over there, some type of special event.”
Garza was on patrol during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Working with seven other Reedley officers, he made his rounds throughout the city to make sure everyone was celebrating accordingly and not breaking any laws.
“Our community is really good at assisting us with calling 911 if they see anything remotely close to a DUI driver,” he said. “So a lot of our arrests are self initiated arrests where officers are actually out seeing the DUIs.”
According to 2018 numbers compiled by the California Highway Patrol, one person was killed on St. Patrick’s Day last year while 48 people were injured in traffic collisions involving people who were driving while under the influence.
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