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St. Patrick’s Day DUI blitz starts Friday night

Posted at 2:46 PM, Mar 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-15 20:05:31-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah - Drivers can expect to see more police officers on the roads this weekend.

Officers are beefing up patrols for Saint Patrick's Day and other festivities like March Madness games and the Bon Jovi concert.

“On top of that, it’s a Saturday where people don’t have to work the next day, add the weather on top of that and it’s a mix for the potential problems this weekend,” said West Valley City Lt. Scott Buchanan.

Law enforcement said officers will be working 100 hours of overtime.

The extra shifts will include a DUI blitz in Salt Lake County starting Friday night.

Utah Highway Patrol Troopers are giving you a few "alternative routes" to take this weekend; get behind the wheel sober or take a cab, Uber or Lyft ride.

Last year Utah troopers made 55 DUI arrests over St. Patrick's Day weekend.