Police Officers ready for St. Patrick’s Day weekend drunk drivers

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Saint Patrick’s Day festivities across the state of Indianapolis have police strengthening their patrols and DUI Checkpoints. The hope is to put a stop to drunk driving.

“If you get behind the wheel of a car tonight and you’re intoxicated there’s a pretty good chance we’re gonna get you, we’re certainly gonna be looking for you,” said the DUI unit supervisor Sgt. Michael Duke.

There was a check point in downtown Indianapolis that started at 6pm as drivers began to make their way to partake in Saint Patrick’s day shenanigans.

Roaming patrols that started around noon and check points spread through out the state resulted in five DUI arrests by 10 p.m. according to IMPD officers.

Michael Duke said, “We’re trying to keep people from running into other people, running over people, we’re trying to stop tragedies.”

Between the years of 2001 and 2015 Saint Patrick’s Day has resulted in 250 deaths related to car crashes during this holiday.

In 2015 according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about 10,200 people died in drunk driving crashes. They also state that the chance of being involved in an alcohol related crash is on in three over a life span.

The police want to decrease those statistics.

“You know we’d rather hopefully save some lives than ruin some nights,” according to Duke.

As always the police aim to remind you to plan ahead. Always have a designated driver, make accommodations for a car service, prefer to walk to your location and pay attention to the road an pedestrians.

 

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