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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - St. Patrick's Day is a dangerous time on the roads because too many revelers get behind the wheel after drinking.

Albany Police urge you to get a designated driver.

103 people were killed nationwide on St. Patrick's Day in 2009.

Half of those fatal crashes involved a drunk driver.

Albany Police say arranging for a designated driver before you start drinking can save lives.

Albany Police media manager Phyllis Banks said "We are going to be out during our normal patrols, paying very close attention to a lot of high traffic areas, and also if we see drinking and driving we are gong to pull you over and have to act accordingly."

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says there will be concentrated patrols statewide looking for impaired drivers Thursday night.

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