Updated: 03/14/2014 7:30 PM
Created: 03/14/2014 6:50 AM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri
Police are getting ready for an all-out sweep looking for unsafe drivers this holiday weekend. Whether you're Irish or not, you probably know that St. Patrick’s Day is Monday. That means parties and celebrations will be happening all weekend including a parade through downtown Rochester Saturday afternoon.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office wants to make it clear. They will be out on the roads, watching for drunk drivers. So if you are out celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and don’t want to end up in the back of a police car, make sure you have a designated driver.
Captain Paul Delella, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, said, “This weekend will be a unique weekend because St. Patrick's Day, being on a Monday and the parade being on a Saturday, a lot of people will be out. So throughout the entire weekend, we will have additional patrols out."
Things are quiet now on East Avenue near Alexander Street, but Saturday, it will be filled with people coming to watch the parade and going to the bars for St. Patrick's Day weekend.
Deputies will be out on the roads watching for people driving erratically or spreading, that's all part of the DWI crackdown. Deputies will also be performing traffic stops.
So what about the bars? What are they doing to make sure no one leaves having a little too much to drink?
Charles Weckworth, MacGregor’s East Avenue General Manager, said, "This particular occasion, we are employing a private security force. We have the security we normally have as well, but we are bringing in extra help to keep an eye on everyone and make sure everyone is safe. If someone is intoxicated, we are not going to serve them. That's our job."
If you are planning to come down for the festivities and then leaving with your family, deputies say keep an eye out in the roads. If you see anyone driving who looks like they may have had too much to drink, pull over and call 911.