Roving DUI patrols planned for St. Patrick's Day

Liz Evans Scolforo

People who drink and drive this St. Patrick's Day weekend could find themselves celebrating the holiday with the wearin' of the handcuffs.

Police will conduct roving DUI patrols in York, Adams and Lancaster counties Friday through Sunday, according to the Center for Traffic Safety.

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There were 182 crashes with six fatalities on the five St. Patrick's Day holidays in Pennsylvania between 2012 and 2016, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The roving patrols, as well as sobriety checkpoints and other enforcement activities, are funded with federal grant money distributed by PennDOT, according to Barbara Zortman, director of the Center for Traffic Safety.

Drivers convicted of DUI in Pennsylvania face prison time and higher insurance rates, not to mention court costs and fines and legal fees. A DUI can cost a driver $10,000, according to the center.

Zortman urged people to plan their St. Paddy's celebrations by deciding beforehand whether they'll be drinking or driving, and she said too many people wait until after they've started drinking to figure out how they'll get home.

If you've been drinking, call a taxi or a sober friend or family member, Zortman said — or try the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's SaferRide mobile app, which helps people find a taxi service or a friend for a ride home, she said.

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