Sobriety checkpoints scheduled for St. Paddy's weekend

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Local authorities have a message for anyone indulging in St. Patrick's Day festivities this weekend: Drive sober or get pulled over.

The Center for Traffic Safety said in a news release Thursday, March 15, that there will be sobriety checkpoints in York County throughout this coming St. Patrick's Day weekend.

The checkpoints are being done in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the road, according to the release. They will occur in Adams and Lancaster counties as well. 

The checkpoints, roving DUI patrols and other activities organized as part of the effort are funded with federal grant money given by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the release states. The checkpoints are placed on sections of roadways which have been proven to have a high incidence of impaired drivers, according to the center.

Alcohol was a factor in 182 crashes and six fatalities on St. Patrick's Day in Pennsylvania from 2012 to 2016, according to the release.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.