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Woodstock police: Don't drink and drive this St. Patrick’s Day weekend

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 11:52 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 17, 2017 11:57 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Police departments in McHenry County are warning drivers to not drink and drive during St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

“The Woodstock Police Department will be on patrol this St. Patrick’s Day, so make sure you obey the law,” Woodstock Police Chief John Lieb said in a news release. “Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends do it, either. Help us make zero fatalities a reality in Illinois.”

Drivers are asked to decide whether they’ll drink or drive before they celebrate.

Lieb said always designating a sober driver and not allowing friends to drive under the influence are two easy steps to help avoid a crash or arrest.

Woodstock police also wants people hosting parties to remember they can be held liable and be prosecuted if someone they serve is involved in an impaired driving crash. Hosts are asked to make sure all guests designate a sober driver in advance or help arrange ride sharing with others who are sober.

The St. Patrick’s Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown is administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation and is financed by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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