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Police cracking down on drunk driving for St. Patrick's Day

Posted at 6:41 AM, Mar 17, 2017

 Saint Patrick's Day celebrations can get a little rowdy in East Lansing.

"There was people running around with no clothes on,” Mike Meeth said. “It was just pure madness really."

"I worked last year and it got pretty wild,” Justin Hircka, who works at the Riv said. “Lots of people walking around all day and they're on their level."

"There's gonna be some eye opening things happening," Nathan Kukla said.

Locals tell News 10’s Scott Wolchek this St. Patty's Day is a perfect recipe for a party because it's on a weekend and MSU's first game in the tournament.

"Everything coming together like that, that's a good day for drinking," Hircka said.

"That's t-r-o-u-b-l-e if you know what I mean,” Meeth said. “People are gonna be out on the s-t-r-e-e-t-s."

Some of the bars are expecting to open their doors bright and early, like Dublin Square Pub. They're going to be opening up at 7 a.m. And people have already told us they're planning to be lining up here on the sidewalk at midnight. Things could get crazy. And that's why East Lansing police are cracking down.

"We always kind of prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” Lieutenant Steve Gonzalez with East Lansing Police said. “We definitely will have enough officers on staff."

Lieutenant Gonzalez says not only will they be beefing up the force, but they'll also have special drunk driving patrols on the lookout. He says make sure you're using common sense.

"If you're going to be driving, be the designated driver,” Lt. Gonzalez said. “We want people to drive safe. We want them to drive sober."

He says you can Uber or find a taxi. These guys say they plan on just walking.

"It's usually my go to plan after any amount of drinks,” Kukla said. “It's just not worth it."

"You don't want to drive around here at all, no driving,” Chris List said. “That is a fact."

Because if you don't stay safe, you'll get busted.