Happy St. Patrick's Day The hard partying associated with the St. Patrick’s Day holiday comes with consequences — namely more drunk drivers on the road. (Photo: Shutterstock)

St. Patrick’s Day has evolved from a day for Irish-Americans to celebrate their heritage to a day for all Americans to revel. But the hard partying associated with the holiday comes with consequences — namely more drunk drivers on the road. Every year, law enforcement agencies across the country set up drunk driving checkpoints to catch people driving under the influence during St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Driving drunk is dangerous for drivers and for others on the road. For those who face DUI convictions, drunken driving can be a huge financial burden. In addition to a fine, potential jail time and loss of income, those convicted of DUI face other costs such as lawyer’s fees and alcohol education classes.

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