If You Drink and Drive on St. Patrick’s Day Your Luck is Bound to Run Out

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SACRAMENTO --

St. Patrick's Day is one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year, and while many in Sacramento are enjoying the festivities, police say they are cracking down on drinking and driving.

From the streets of midtown, bagpipes channel the sounds of Dublin.

Bargoers such as Michelle Campo say this is their favorite time of the year.

"Happy St. Patrick's Day, it's my favorite holiday, and it's the one that is the most fun," Campo said.

De Vere's Irish Pub, located at 15th and L streets was lively with laughter, Irish spirit and beer.

Dana Dunk is originally from Boston. He and his friends were enjoying the afternoon.

"We're just having some drinks and celebrating St. Paddy's Day," Dunk said.

At Stoneys Rockin' Rodeo on Del Paso Boulevard, the theme was green. The bar is one of the only in the area serving festive beer with an emerald tint.

For one day a year, anyone can be Irish.

"We're just up here kickin' it, some black Irishmen," said Rick Yeckles.

From head to toe, Yeckles and his friends were dressed in green, trying to blend in with the crowd.

From glittery leprechauns, to a furry one, everyone was dressed to impress.

"The most important thing about St. Patrick's Day is wearing as much green as you can, looking as silly as you can and drinking as much as you can," said bargoer Catherine.

Despite the cheer and the green glow that's taken over the Capitol City, the glow of police lights are something many are hoping to avoid.

"Uber, Uber, no cop cars for us tonight," said Yeckles, who plans to get home safely.

The Sacramento Police Department teamed up with other nearby agencies, intensifying their presence during the holiday.

"All of the officers on patrol tonight will be doing additional patrols looking for those motorists that might be showing signs of impairment," said Officer Matthew McPhail.

Police say they are ready to tackle one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. Roving checkpoints will ensure if you decide to drive, your luck is bound to run out.

"Their goal is to be on the lookout for those signs of impaired driving and making contact with those drivers to make sure people out there are not driving while they are intoxicated or impaired," said McPhail.

Many say they avoid driving at all costs, opting instead to walk, bike, or use popular apps like Uber and Lyft.

"Remember, it's not just your life at risk but the other drivers on the road are also counting on you to make the right choice," said McPhail.