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Police on patrol for St. Patty's Day drinkers

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -- St. Patrick's Day is one of the biggest drinking days of the year and police warn you not to get behind the wheel if you have been drinking.

HEAT units will be on patrol Wednesday night to keep the roads safe. On St Patrick's Day 2008, 134 people were killed in car crashes nationwide.Nearly 40 percent of those drivers were drunk.

"I think it will would be cheaper to take a taxi home than to pay an attorney and the fees involved with a DUI and lose your license," said Lt. Thomas Jackson, Dougherty County Police.

In Georgia, one of every three crash fatalities on Georgia roads is alcohol related, so law enforcement will be out in force looking for drunk drivers Wednesday night to save lives.

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