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Woodstock PD plans special patrols for St. Patrick’s Day

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The Woodstock Police Department will conduct special patrols this St. Patrick’s Day holiday to crack down on drunken drivers. Unbuckled motorists also will be ticketed.

“We are reminding everyone this weekend to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket,” Sgt. Dennis Leard said in a news release. “If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a sober driver before the party begins. Be responsible or risk being charged with DUI.”

If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is involved in a drunken driving crash.

Hosts should make sure all guests designate a sober driver in advance or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.

They should serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages. They also should keep the phone numbers for local cab companies handy and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.

The St. Patrick’s Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety.

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