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Police crack down for St. Patrick's Day weekend

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Police departments across the valley will have extra officers on patrol for the weekend of St. Patrick's Day.

"Every police department in Mahoning County is going to have extra officers out, it's called local saturation patrols," said New Middletown Police Chief Vincent D'Egidio.

Officers will be watching for aggressive drivers, distracted drivers, seatbelt violations, and driving under the influence.

"We're really cracking down there is no leeway," said Chief D'Egidio. "If an officer detects the cues to pull somebody over for impaired driving and that person is impaired than they'll be arrested and they'll go through the court process."

A process Attorney James Lanzo warns is an expensive one.

"Fines can be up to $1,000 plus court costs, plus attorney fees," said Lanzo. "All-in-all it's going to cost you anywhere from about $5,000-$10,000 by the time it's all over."

Even then, the consequences continue. Lanzo warns insurance rates can double.

"If you drive a company car the O.V.I  can make you uninsurable with the company, even after you get your license back. So it can cost you your job," said Lanzo.

And more seriously, it can cost a life.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reports more than 260 people have died in accidents involving a drunk driver during the St. Patrick's Day Holiday from 2007 to 2011.

Police advise, if you've been drinking don't rely on the luck of the Irish to get you home - call a taxi or designate a driver.


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