"We have a zero tolerance for those who drink and drive," says Illinois State Police Sergeant, Bill Emery. Sergeant Emery says state police will increase patrols and set up several checkpoints throughout the area to curb drunk driving. Enforcement is very important, especially during St. Patrick's Day," added Emery. "It is a drinking holiday. The most important thing we're looking for is the safety of the public so we're going to be out in force."
The dangers coupled with the penalties have many part-goers pre-thinking their night now, in order to get home safely. Whether it's a designated driver or a taxi cab, most say they are playing it safe. Emery says if there is anything people remember as they head out, it's this, "If you drink, don't drive. If you drive, don't drink. It's really that simple."