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As St. Patrick's Day approaches, Grand Forks police warn of extra patrols to spot drunk drivers

Law enforcement in Grand Forks will be on the lookout for drunk drivers as residents celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

The Grand Forks Police Department warned in a news release it will assign more officers to patrols with "the sole purpose of looking for impaired drivers, and removing them from the streets." St. Patrick's Day is Saturday and is typically celebrated with drinking and events.

"In the United States on St. Patrick's Day from 2012 to 2016, a total of 269 lives have

been lost in drunk-driving crashes," the Police Department said in its release. "This is 10 percent higher than the national average. If you will be going out, preplan a return trip home with a sober ride; because if you don't, you will get pulled over, and you will get arrested."