CHAMPAIGN -- Police and the UI are working together to spread a message: stay safe during Unofficial St. Patrick's Day. It's the first time they're distributing information ahead of time.
Authorities said "unofficial" is something they always have issues with, so they're trying to be proactive. Volunteers went to the Turner Student Services building Monday to stuff 2,900 bags full of pamphlets and papers. They explain the dangers of alcohol poisoning.
Police said they also plan to send out email reminders to students leading up to next month's event. Officers said they see people taken to the hospital every year. A few have died the past couple of years, so this is something they take very seriously.