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QPD stepping up enforcement for St. Patrick's Day weekend

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St. Patrick's Day is one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year.  With it falling on a Monday this year, local police say they're in for a busy weekend when it comes to DUI's.

"A lot of times what they'll do, they'll swerve within their lane, fail to use turn signals, fail to turn their lights on, things like that," Quincy Police Officer Bryan Martin said.

That's exactly what Martin says QPD will look for this weekend as more officers will hit the streets as part of a state wide effort to crack down on drunk driving.  
    
Martin says this is one of the most dangerous weekends for drunk drivers and it's shocking to see just how many people get behind the wheel intoxicated.
    
"They seem to feel that they're fine and when they're put on the machine, they're blown away at how high their Blood Alcohol Content actually is," Martin said.

At O'Griff's Grill and Brewhouse, owner Kim Winter is busy prepping for one of the biggest money making weekends all year.
    
But whether people are drinking green beer or Irish Car Bombs, they're urged to get home safe. As police patrol the streets, Winter says her staff is also on guard. 
    
"We try to make sure they don't drive and we'll call a cab for them," Winter said. "Or we'll take their keys, and hopefully they can find a ride home.  If all else fails, we'll make sure they get home safe."

Martin says if you don't want to end up in the back of a squad car, get a designated driver.  If you don't, it'll cost you.
    
"Not only does it affect your drivers license when you do get a DUI, the cost of going through a DUI is extremely expensive," Martin said. "It's definitely worth having a designated driver.With everything that goes on with the taverns, with the restaurants, things of that nature, it definitely heightens the drinking."

A DUI can cost you thousands of dollars and you could lose your license.  Martin says officers will also be conducting seat belt safety checks.  If you're caught not wearing your seat belt, that's a $60 fine.
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