COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- St. Patrick's Day is a holiday marked by drinking and parties, but it's also a holiday where law enforcement steps up their effort to nab impaired drivers.
"We want folks to enjoy the celebration, but we encourage them to do so responsibly," said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Vincent Shirey.
Last year, troopers made 142 OVI arrests within during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. For the first time in the past five years there were no traffic fatalities during the holiday.
"We want to continue this trend into tonight," Shirey said.
Troopers have already ramped up enforcement efforts over the weekend. Several sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols have led to higher visibility. The goal is to make sure everyone has a good, but safe, time.
Shirey says the best thing you can do is to buckle up. Designate a driver if you are going to be drinking. Shirey says buzzed driving is no different than drunk driving and is just as dangerous. If you see a driver that appears to be impaired, you can call #677 on your cell phone to be connected to the Patrol.
(Photo courtesy Ohio St Hwy Patrol)