Area police trying to make St. Patrick's Day a safe one

Update: KPD says overall, Thursday turned out to by a typical night for their officers.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- Many of you celebrated the Irish spirit into the night - and might still be celebrating!

While St. Patrick's day is supposed to bring you some Irish luck, Volunteer TV's Lorena Estrada explains why you'll be out of luck if you choose to drink and drive.

"Everyone tonight is part Irish."

Many of you hit the streets of downtown Knoxville dressed in the greenest outfit you could find -- some of you hoping St. Patrick's day will bring a little Irish luck.

"It's a great time for everyone to go out and drink with friends."

But you'll be out of luck if you drink irresponsibly tonight-- just like any other night.

"How will you be getting home tonight?"

"Thankfully I live within walking distance at the end of the night so i don't have much of a problem ."

There's no problem making it home if you can walk there, but that's not always the case. And it's on nights like tonight that police keep a closer eye on the roads.

KPD says, "Standard staffing just asked them to pay closer attention to more populated areas like Old City."

"We want folks to have a good time we're not trying to be out and damper the spirit, designated drivers calling cabs."

This cab driver says she's been busy all day-- glad to see folks who've been drinking green-- do the right thing because if you were to get pulled over after a night of drinking-- and had a blood level of .08-- that's enough to land you behind bars or hurt yourself or others.

Knoxville Police suggest you just plan ahead.

"Have that plan ahead of time instead of while intoxicated ahead of time and take care of each other."

Knoxville Police say Thursday is not considered a national holiday, so they did not have any extra patrols out on the road.

But as you heard - they *are* keeping a close eye on areas like the Old City, where many are celebrating.


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