Don’t depend on the luck of the Irish to get you home safely this St. Patrick’s Day. If you drink, don’t drive. (Dayna Smith/DAYNA SMITH/FTWP)

In addition to setting up checkpoints, some agencies, including the Maryland State Police, will have extra officers patrolling the streets in search of drunk drivers.

“We want to remind everyone that troopers will be out in force, searching for those who commit traffic infractions during and after Saint Patrick’s Day festivities,” said Lt. Michael J. Brady, a spokesman for the Maryland State Police’s Frederick County barrack. “Too many lives are lost because people act irresponsibly while they drive.”

Here are some tips from the Stop Impaired Driving Web site on how to stay safe this weekend:

— Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.

— Before drinking,  designate a sober driver. If you aren’t that driver, leave your car keys at home.

— If you’re impaired and need a driver, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation or Sober Ride.

— If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement agency.

— And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

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