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Troopers roll out extra patrols, checkpoints on St. Patrick's Day

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies were out in force Monday, cracking down on drunk and impaired driving.

Checkpoints will be set up near Springfield High School, on Holland-Sylvania Road and on Wooster Street in Bowling Green on Monday.

There were 142 OVI arrests in Ohio last St. Patrick's Day.

Troopers say they hope the checkpoints will stop those who have been drinking from getting behind the wheel.

" It's bright and it's big and we hope that people get the point – not to drink and drive," said one Trooper.

The patrol made 19 OVI arrests over the weekend, more than over the same period last year.

"They need to plan ahead. They need to make sure they designate a driver, make arraignments through different services that are out there in order to make sure they get home safely for themselves and others," said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant William Bowers.

Click here for more on how to get a ride home and a tow instead of driving home this St. Patrick's Day.

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