The time for the green and fun-filled celebration of Irish Heritage, and while you are celebrating your distant Irish relatives, the Drumheller RCMP are reminding you to make smart choices.

St. Patrick's Day is one of the most popular holidays to celebrate with an alcoholic beverage, and in turn, a high-risk holiday for those who decide to drive under the influence.

"Anytime we have a holiday or event like St. Patricks day, we increase our patrols, we increase our numbers of officers on the road, mostly because we know that these events are primarily celebrated by drinking," explained Corporal Rachel Pergunas of the Drumheller RCMP.

Laws surrounding drinking and driving have changed this year with mandatory roadside breathe sampling. This law will catch drives who conceal the giveaway signs of impairment.

"Our impaired driving laws have changed and as a result, anybody on the highway at anytime operating a motor vehicle is subject to providing a breath sample," continued Pergunas.

With the increased laws and safety concerns, Pergunas strongly suggests finding a safe way to get home.

"We obviously recommend making arrangement before you go out, with your friends and family, make someone a designated driver, use a cab if you need, walk if you can, stay overnight at somebody's house if you can. Just don't drive your vehicle. There is no need for it in this day and age," concluded Pergunas.

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