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Revelers who celebrate St. Patrick's Day by driving drunk could find themselves blowing into a tiny set of bagpipes police like to call a Breathalyzer.

DUI checkpoints are planned for this coming weekend in York, Adams and Lancaster counties, according to the Center for Traffic Safety, and roving DUI patrols will be out in force on St. Patrick's Day, which is Thursday, in all three counties.

It's hoped that increasing the number of DUI checkpoints and patrols will help keep intoxicated drivers off the road, the release states.

The efforts are funded with federal grant money distributed by the state Department of Transportation and focus on roads that have had a history of drunken driving and alcohol-fueled crashes, according to the center.

The center advises revelers to plan a safe way home before they start drinking, whether by designating a sober driver, calling a taxi or using public transportation to get home.

The average DUI arrest and subsequent prosecution costs a drunken driver about $10,000, according to the center.

For more information, visit JustDrivePA.gov or trafficsafetymarketing.gov/SaintPatricksDay.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.

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