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Police to be out in force during St. Patrick's Day celebrations

David Lynch and Brittany Costello
March 17, 2018 09:33 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexicans who participate in St. Patrick's Day festivities this weekend can also expect to see an increased police presence on the road.

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Governor Susana Martinez announced Friday that police across the state will be all hands on deck to crack down on drunk drivers for the holiday weekend, which means "increased saturation patrols and DWI checkpoints," according to a New Mexico Department of Transportation release.

At least 16 DWI drivers were arrested Friday night through early Saturday morning as celebrations began. 

"We've already Ubered here. We didn't even bother bringing the car to start," Kaylyn Rogers said. 

For those in the Albuquerque metro, Bernalillo County officials are again partnering up with the ride-sharing service Uber to ensure people get home safely. Starting Friday night through 4 a.m. Sunday, passengers will be able to use a code to receive a discount of up to $10 off one ride. 

18 people were arrested by police for drunk driving over the New Year's holiday this year.  

"Just be safe and enjoy St. Patrick's Day," resident Elizabeth Trujillo said. "Remember, there's lives out there that matter, so just make good decisions and good choices."

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