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Bay Area Efforts Aim to Cut Down Drinking on St. Patrick’s Day

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NBC Bay Area

Bay Area law enforcement and agencies are aiming to make people cut down on drinking this St. Patrick's day weekend.

Bay Area and state police are trying different tactics, especially to stop young people from getting alcohol. Outside of stores this weekend, 60 adults in the Bay Area were cited, accused of buying alcohol for minors. Decoys, working for the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, were used near convenience stores. Statewide, more than 400 people were cited -- some were arrested.

Citations were in a number of cities, including Concord, Hayward, Menlo Park, a joint operation in Pacifica, South San Francisco, Daly City, and San Jose.

For this Shoulder Tap operation, fines could run up to $1,000.

"They're going to approach members of the public who might be coming up to that convenience store and say, 'Hey, I'm not old enough. I'm underage. Can you buy me some beer?'"

In South San Francisco, police said alcohol played a role an incident that injured an 11-year-old girl. She and her younger brother were crossing the street Saturday. Police said a driver tried to brake and swerve but still hit the girl.

Police said that driver, 26-year-old Alberto Marquez Gomez, failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for felony DUI. The girl was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
 

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