St. Patrick's Day falls on a Saturday this year. With the planned holiday parades, predicted good weather, and March Madness in full gear, you can expect plenty of revelers out and about. As St. Patrick's Day is also know for celebrating Guinness and whiskey, the holiday can be an especially dangerous time as well for drivers and pedestrians.
To cut down on potential DUI accidents, it is already being reported that several counties like York, Adams, and Lancaster are planning St. Patrick's Day sobriety checkpoints for Saturday night, reports the York Dispatch.
These checkpoints are often set up during peak drinking times like holidays and around the Super Bowl. Typically, a DUI checkpoint resembles a roadblock where police will stop and question passing motorists at random. Police will be looking for signs that someone is drunk like red and glassy eyes, slurred speech, and whether someone’s breath smells of liquor.
While some jurisdictions like those mentioned above heavily publicize dates and times of DUI checkpoints in an effort to stop drinking and driving in the first place, many counties keep this information to themselves so that they can catch drunks by surprise. So if you don’t see a press release that your county is conducting a sobriety checkpoint, this does not necessarily mean there will be no checkpoints.
St. Patrick’s Day is a time to drink for most people. As a result, you should expect St. Patrick’s Day sobriety checkpoints for Saturday night, even if your township doesn’t publicize the checkpoints.