Leprechaun's against drunk driving
Updated: 3/16 4:35 pm | Published: 3/15 1:15 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Utah law enforcement and local bars are teaming up this weekend to prevent St. Patrick's Day drunk driving.
St. Patrick's day has become one of the busiest days of the year for local bars.
That is good for business, but can be dangerous.
Last year law enforcement across Utah made 70 arrests for DUI over the St. Patrick's day weekend. 34 of those were for alcohol-related crashes.
Lumpy's and most of the bars in downtown salt lake city have teamed up with Utah's law enforcement to make sure we don't see a repeat and the state's streets are safe this weekend.
That's where the Leprechaun comes in, inside most of the bars downtown you will see little friends with a friendly reminder: don't drive drunk.
It is a simple but important message from Utah Highway Patrol.
Sgt. Michael Irvine said, "If you are going to drink this weekend plan ahead. Have someone who is going to pick you up from the party or that designated driver who hasn't been drinking to drive you home."
UHP and the owners of bars downtown hope these cute faces and sea of green will be a pleasant way to get across a very stern warning: if you do drive drunk, you will be arrested.
Sgt. Irvine said, "We will find you and we will arrest you and it will be a costly experience."
The state is making a pretty big investment to protect Utah roads. There will be 285 overtime law enforcement shifts. A saturation of law enforcement catching people driving drunk.
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