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St. Patrick’s Day one of deadliest days of the year because of drunk driving

St. Patrick's Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, and good luck. But no amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash. So whether you’re buzzed or drunk on St. Patrick’s Day, it doesn’t matter. NHTSA wants to remind everyone that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving—drive sober.

The Redlands Police Department will deploy roving DUI patrols this St. Patrick’s Day looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs.  These DUI patrols are, in addition to regularly scheduled patrol officers, all looking for the tell-tale signs of an impaired driver behind the wheel.

Construction is set to begin next week on the next phase of the City’s PARIS Resurfacing Project.

The project will include resurfacing of approximately 90 lane miles of streets throughout the City. At the completion of the estimated six month project, the City will have completed nearly 200 miles of lane resurfacing, or approximately 48 percent of the PARIS project. Work will occur in phases over the six-month period throughout various portions of the City. Completion is anticipated in October 2015.

The City will hold two public forums to outline and discuss the upcoming phase of street resurfacing. The forums are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, March 16, in the Redlands City Council Chambers, 35 Cajon St. Anyone who is interested in the street resurfacing program is invited to attend either of the meetings.

The City of Redlands Development Services and Quality of Life Departments are pleased to continue the popular Movies in the Park, this month featuring “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Friday, March 20, at Ed Hales Park on the corner of 5th and State streets in Historic Downtown Redlands.

This free event begins at 6 p.m. and will include free activities for children and entertainment provided by the Memoirs. The movie begins at dusk. Feel free to bring your own blanket and chair.

The City of Redlands will present the sixth Downtown Redlands Art Walk from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in Historic Downtown Redlands.

The event will feature a community madonnari – or street painting – festival, hosted by the Redlands Cultural Arts Commission; Art on State Street, sponsored by the Redlands Art Association; Augie’s Alley Gallery; live street art, hosted by A Shop Called Quest; and an outdoor art gallery at the Civic Center Plaza Walkway off of Citrus Avenue opposite Fifth Street.

Two men were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon following a vehicle burglary at LA Fitness near the intersection of Marshall Street and Parkford.

The burglary from a parked and locked vehicle was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. Redlands Police and Sheriff’s Air Support helicopter 40 King quickly located two vehicles involved in the theft.

Redlands Firefighter/Paramedics extricated the pilot of a small biplane after he crashed into the Santa Ana River Wash in the eastern portion of Redlands shortly after noon Tuesday.

Redlands Fire and Police departments responded to the call of a plane crash in the wash just west of Florida Street at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday, March 3.

Firefighters were able to extricate the pilot, who was conscious and talking. He was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center by San Bernardino County Air Rescue 6 medical helicopter with non-life-threatening injuries.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 5, to kick off work on the Orange Street Alley Pedestrian Enhancement Project, converting a downtown alley into a public park. The ceremony will be held at the end of the alley on Orange Street, between State Street and Citrus Avenue.

The Pedestrian Enhancement Project will repurpose the existing alleyway between Citrus Avenue and State Street, and Orange Street and Fifth Street, into a public park and construct new pedestrian elements. Improvements will include the installation of pavers, raised planters, decorative light standards, arched trellises, and gates. The project will construct new physical enhancements to the downtown core, create a destination for tourists and residents, and provide an opportunity for economic retention and growth for local businesses.

In a hopeful sign that drivers are taking the message not to drink and drive to heart, the Redlands Police Department had no DUI arrests during a weekend Sobriety/Drivers License checkpoint.

A total of 91 vehicles crossed through the checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Colton Avenue between New York and Texas streets between 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, and 3 a.m. Sunday.

Four drivers were cited for driving with a license that had been suspended or revoked. Another person was cited for driving without a license.

During the checkpoint, officers handed out fliers in both English and Spanish from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to educate motorists about the dangers of drinking and driving.

The Redlands Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Colton Avenue between New York and Texas streets from 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. 

During the checkpoint, officers will be handing out fliers in both English and Spanish from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to educate motorists about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Police and alcohol retailers work together to curb underage drinking

Redlands Police and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will conduct a Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) training and highlight tools that employees of licensed alcohol establishments can use to more easily spot fake ID cards.

The Feb. 25 evening training is part of a new, ongoing cooperation between alcohol establishments and the Police Department to more proactively curb problems related to binge and underage drinking.

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