March 17, 2006
St. Patrick's Day is a celebration with parades, four leaf clovers, and green beer--but it's also a day to remind motorists to drive safely.
In Ireland it is more of a religious holiday, but here in the states it's a celebration--but celebrations often involve alcohol.
Nationally St. Patrick's Day ranks up as a day where there are more DUI's, especially this year where it falls on a Friday. Police in Charlottesville say they are taking some extra precautions.
"We don't have extra people working unless we do a road block or have special DUI patrols. Now this year we are trying to put something together where we'll be doing a little something, but we're not sure exactly what yet," said Sgt. Michael Farruggio of the Charlottesville Police Department.
The city of Charlottesville said they are considering a check-point, but haven't made a decision thus far. So if you've been drinking make sure to get a designated driver or call a cab.
There were no DUI's on St. Patrick's Day last year, but two in the city the Friday after.