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OCSO set up DUI checkpoints for Saint Patrick's Day

The Oklahoma County Sheriffs Office is stepping up patrols to bust drunk drivers on Saint Patrick's Day.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency, 252 people died in crashes due to drunk driving on Saint Patrick's Day between 2011 and 2015.

"There's several holidays throughout the year where people have a lot of parties and saint Patrick's day is certainly one of them," Msgt. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department said.

With an influx of people celebrating Friday, the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office is planning ahead. They will be conducing sobriety checkpoints in Oklahoma County. DUI patrols will also be on the roads targeting drivers under the influence. Those are set to begin 10:00pm Friday and end 3:00am Saturday.

The Oklahoma City Police tell FOX 25 that you should plan ahead before heading out Friday night.

"There's also different ways you can get home obviously you can call a cab or you can call an Uber . Whichever of those ways we just want to encourage everybody to not drink and drive because as a police department we don't want to see anybody get hurt on their way home or see a drunk driver go out and kill themselves or somebody else. Nobody wants to see that," Knight said.

Both ride sharing services Uber and Lyft are available in Oklahoma City. Increased rates are expected at peak hours, during what's known as surcharge times. The app does allow you to see the cost of your ride before you request it.

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