Park City officers stop dozens of cars on St. Patrick’s Day |

Park City officers stop dozens of cars on St. Patrick’s Day

The enforcement blitz netted only one suspected drunken driver

The Park City Police Department pulled over approximately 60 drivers on St. Patrick’s Day or the early morning hours of the next day as part of an operation targeting drunken drivers.

Officers, though, arrested only one person on a drunken driving charge, the Police Department said. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the person who was arrested was taken into custody after a traffic stop on outbound S.R. 224.

The rest of the drivers were pulled over for a variety of traffic offenses, including speeding, turning violations and equipment violations, Kirk said. It is common for drivers who are not intoxicated to be pulled over during operations against drunken driving since other violations are seen as evidence that someone might intoxicated.

The traffic stops in Park City occurred in numerous locations. Some of the streets included Park, Avenue, Bonanza Drive, Marsac Avenue and Main Street. There were also traffic stops at busy intersections like Kearns Boulevard and Comstock Drive as well as Heber Avenue and Swede Alley.

Kirk said the Police Department received state funding for the increased patrols on St. Patrick’s Day. Three additional officers were assigned to traffic patrols while three other additional officers patrolled Main Street to reinforce the regular on-duty squad.

“It was good to see there were very few impaired drivers out there,” Kirk said, adding, “Were happy people made plans ahead for designated drivers, stay overnight.”

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