Police, deputies adding DWI patrols, sobriety checkpoints for St. Patrick's Day


    Starting Friday, March 15 and running through Monday, March 18, police will be out on roads and at establishments that sell alcohol. Troop A is seen here at the 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Buffalo. (Photo: NYSP)

    (WHAM) - Police and deputies will be out on more DWI, sobriety and underage drinking patrols at St. Patrick's Day celebrations are underway.

    Starting Friday, March 15 and running through Monday, March 18, police will be out on roads and at establishments that sell alcohol.

    In 2018, nearly 13,000 tickets were issued and 243 DWI arrests were made by New York State Police alone.

    Sobriety checkpoints, DWI patrols, underage drinking and selling alcohol to minors details will be the focus, along with ticketing distracted drivers.

    Police and other law enforcement agencies suggest making a plan to home safely at the end of the night, picking a designated driver or using a ridesharing program.

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