More than 100 Utah Highway Patrol troopers will work extra shifts in effort to stop drunken driving St. Patrick's Day weekend

There are two possible “routes” for people who consume alcohol this weekend, the Utah Highway Patrol says:

Either drink and drive or get a safe ride.

In preparation for St. Patrick’s Day weekend — which coincides with March Madness basketball games, home games for the Utah Jazz and a Bon Jovi concert — the UHP has scheduled more than 100 overtime shifts for troopers statewide in an effort to “deter, detect and remove drunk drivers from Utah’s roads.”

The increased DUI enforcement statewide is scheduled to begin Friday and continue through Sunday and will include a blitz across Salt Lake County on Friday night.

Alternatives for those who plan to drink include arranging rides from services like Uber and Lyft, a taxi cab or a designated driver, UHP suggested.

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